I've recently built a guitar with a 30" scale length, and I want to play around with different string gauges - the problem I'm running into is that I can't seem to determine the full length of any strings. The closest I've come across are D'Addario bass strings that advertise "ball end to start of taper" measurements.

Does anyone know what the "standard" length of a typical guitar string is? Happy to accept a range, as I suspect each manufacturer has their own standards that are not well publicised.

I suspect that most strings have at least an extra 4.5" beyond Fender scale length for windings, and I have locking tuners to keep my windings minimal - but it would be nice to know that I'm not buying strings that won't fit my excessive baritonality.

  • It might be better to change this to ask how long are most electric guitar strings. Asking which manufacturers do what is close to asking for a product recommendation, which would be off topic. – Todd Wilcox Mar 14 '19 at 3:32
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    Your best bet is to actually ask individual manufactures. Most guitarists will simply be replacing their strings and cutting off the excess. This is hardly a question which will have answers that will be helpful to future readers. – Tim Mar 14 '19 at 8:32

A few web searches indicate most electric guitar strings are 35" - 40" long. Some might be a bit short for effective wrapping on the tuning peg for your guitar.

You might measure the total string length you need, and if it's more than 35", I suggest reaching out to manufacturers directly to make sure they are making long enough strings for you. You can also look for online retailers that you can call to ask - the higher end ones usually have some expertise and willingness to find out these unusual facts for customers.

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  • Maybe a late edit, but the OP did (does) say he's got locking tuners. – Carl Witthoft Mar 14 '19 at 12:54

There really isn't a standard, because there are too many variables - guitars come in different scale lengths, different tuning machine configurations, and different methods of fixing the ball end to the guitar. Manufacturers don't want you to come up short, but they also don't want to use more materials than they need to, because that would just increase cost with no benefit.

Since the standard scale length of a full size guitar is in the 24-26" range, you're probably going to come up short with anyone's strings. But baritone guitars are typically in the 27-31" scale length range, so I'd just buy baritone strings if I were you.

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