I've started to look for a guitar that I'll be using primarily for rhythm work. When playing chords there are some stretches that I find to be more than a challenge to play on 670mm scale guitars, because my hands are on the small side. So I'm beginning to like the idea of a shorter scale guitar, but I'd still like 14 frets to the body and an oval hole. Something a bit like the transitional Selmer model Django plays in the J'attendrai videoclip.
The thinking is that a shorter scale neck will be easier to play while still having the access of a 14 fret neck.
How would you think this unconventional combination affects the tone compared to the traditional 670mm 14-fret oval hole models, which seems to be ubiquitous.
How is it even technically achieved? My best guess is that the bridge is moved closer to the neck/body joint compared to a 670mm scale. But wouldn't this also mean that the bracing is different than on a 670mm scale guitar? Any idea how the original transition period Selmers were specced?
I've seen a couple of luthiers offer variations of the setup; Shelley Park has a 640mm 14 fret model, Dell Arte has the short scale Favino sized Tchavolo Schmitt model and Casteluccia has a couple of 650mm scale 14 fret guitars. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to try either of them yet.