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I am a devoted touchstyle player who owns a Megatar, Warr Guitar, and a Chapman Stick. I visit and live in Mexico for long periods of the year, and I am unable to transport any of my instruments by plane. They are just too big to take in the cabin, and too valuable to transport by regular baggage. I have experience transporting a small travel guitar, so I know that I can get an instrument of a certain size in the overhead bins. The interesting thing is that the size of this travel guitar is the exact size of certain "short-scale" touchstyle instruments that are made by certain luthiers. One of these short-scale specialty touchstyle instruments would would ideal for my Mexican journeys. The only problem is that I only know of three such touchstyle instruments currently in existence:
 
 
- The Chapman Stick SG-12 (or Alto)
- The Village Dump made by luthier Siggi Abramzik
- The Stu Box SRB-640

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Does anybody know of any other "short-scale" specialty touchstyle guitars out there? There are a few luthiers who indicate they would attempt such instruments. I also notice that on the Megatar website, Patrick says "Full custom from the ground up is also possible." I wonder if he is up to this kind of challenge?

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Actually, I am a believer in the short scale concept.  I am building myself a 4-string (gasp) short scale (30.5") bass right now.  I am dreaming daily about a Megatar-like instrument with a shorter scale and maybe 8 or 10 strings.  
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Megatar:

It would be good to be able to examine your dreams in more detail. I wonder what the market for short-scale touchstyle instruments is like out there?

As I indicated in my previous post, there are only 2 short-scale instruments currently being manufactured by commercial luthiers (Chapman Stick SG-12 and Stu Box SRB-640). Siggi Abramzik at Beartrax Guitars only manufactured a single example of a short-scale instrument. These instruments have a short-scale of around 22-23 inches.

I am in the process of putting together a design for a short-scale instrument I would like to commission (12-string). I'll share the process of creating a design as it unfolds.

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The Santucci TrebleBass is a fine short scale length instrument, i'm not particularly fond of short scale length bass but this instrument does a fine job of it. Mine's an 11 string.
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Santucci TrebleBass. Very interesting! What is the scale length? What is the total length of the instrument?

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Don,

My Santucci TrebleBass is 28" nut to bridge and 44" at its longest point". Measurements approximate. Cherry red.

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My Santucci TrebleBass is 28" nut to bridge and 44" at its longest point.


Glenn:

A little too long for my intentions. I'm looking for about 23" nut to bridge and less than 34" in total length. I think the Stu Box SRB-640 meets this requirement and the Chapman SG-12 is fairly close.

I think I'm going to have to have a custom instrument built that meets all my requirements. I'm in the process of trying to design some schematics of this desired instrument. I've started discussions with Kevin Siebold (Krappy) and will also initiate some interaction with Siggi Abramzik.

Stay tuned!  

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Here's a short scaler that seriously missed the mark =>

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You might want to consider getting something from Krappy Guitars (I know, terrible name). He's up for anything, and they are probably less expensive than almost anything out there.

http://www.krappyguitars.com/touchstyle.html

I've heard from people who have liked the tappers they got from Krappy, and there are a few videos here and there on YouTube.

For the price range of $700 for an 8-string to $850 for 14 strings, and $50 more for the Cyborg Tappers (aluminum neck), you might find something which will fulfill your needs... especially since custom is his normal mode.
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