There are lots of other measurements used in modern guitar=making, but these two seem to be the standards. So which do you like better?
I find that I play better on a guitar with a 24 and 3/4" scale length because I have shorter fingers than most guitarists; however, I also think that I actually SOUND better on an instrument with a 25 and 1/2" scale. I don't know if that has something to do with scale length's relation to tension and vibrations or what.
But what is your preference, and is there a reason?
I prefer the strat scale length, which I believe is the longer scale. It seems to make me work a little harder, and that keeps me under control a little better. I play blues and I have fairly long and thin fingers.
This is a really good point, and perhaps the bit about how the longer scale length makes you work harder is true for me, too, and why I think I sound better on Strats, Teles, and so forth. Thanks for your feedback! It definitely helps.