Shrunken: The 7/8 Story

Shrunken: The 7/8 Story

At Warmoth we have talked to many guitar players over the years who loved the Strat® body, but wished the neck were the shorter Gibson®-style scale length. We responded by developing the 24-3/4″ Conversion Neck. We have also heard from many who wished their entire Strat® were just a bit smaller, body and all. The obvious solution: a shrink ray. Unfortunately we weren’t able to invent that, but we did manage to come up with the next best thing: the 7/8 neck and body.

Development of the 7/8 line began – somewhat by accident – in the early 80’s. Our original intent was to create a downsized Strat®-style body to fit the short-scale Fender Mustang® neck. However, when the body was finished we discovered that the neck we had acquired for testing it with was unfit for duty. Rather than hunt down another one we decided to design our own. We experimented with various scale lengths, and eventually hit on the idea of laying out the fret intervals of a 24-3/4″ scale neck on a 25-1/2″ scale fretboard blank. The result was a 24-3/4″ scale neck with 23 frets.

The neck and body worked well together and were put into production, but only a handful were made before we came up with the idea of adding an additional fret on an overhanging fretboard extension. Since then all 7/8 necks have featured a complete two-octave, 24 fret neck.

Early Warmoth 7/8 body.
A rare early 7/8  body and neck with 23 frets. Also note the early Floyd Rose®, with no fine-tuners.

It wasn’t long, of course, before Tele® lovers asked for a 7/8 body to call their own. Today Warmoth’s 7/8 lineup includes the S-Style bodythe T-Style body, a7/8 Warhead neck that fits both, and custom 7/8 S-Style and T-Style pickguards. 7/8 bodies and necks have the same wide range of wood and option choices as full-size parts. They also use standard-size hardware and pickups, so it’s easy to mix and match to get exactly the combination of options and sounds you want.

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The 7/8’s smaller size is hardly noticeable from the audience’s perspective. When assembled, a 7/8 guitar doesn’t appear much smaller than a full-size one, but you will notice it plays with less effort, weighs less, and is easier to travel with.

View 7/8 S-Style bodies in stock now

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5 thoughts on “Shrunken: The 7/8 Story”

  1. Aaron,

    Would a 7/8 strategy work for a P-Bass or J-Bass? Have you guys experimented with that? I want to build a bass from Pecan wood, which is pretty heavy. Looking for good ways to cut weight.

    • I’m sure it could be made to work. It’s more a question of whether there is enough demand for it to warrant the R&D time. Right now the answer is “no”. Warmoth does make short scale bass parts in two different scale lenghts: 30″ and 32″.

  2. Will the Warmoth Mustang/Jaguar 24″ scale necks fit and intonate properly on the 7/8 Stratocaster® and 7/8 Telecaster bodies?

    I have always loved the 24″ scale length. In the past I have customized a Squire classic vibe Duo-Sonic with Tele® pickups in a custom pickguard, but I would really like to start a new project with a 24″ scale neck and Stratocaster® or Telecaster® body.

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