Until the new 25.5" V came in a week and a half ago, I was playing my 27" guitar pretty much all the time. I (obviously) spent the Christmas break playing the new guitar all the time.
I'm sitting here playing the Sii-7 right now, and my left hand is feeling absolutely clumsy. It feels like I missed playing for a week, even though I did pretty much the opposite, as there was nothing to do in rural North Carolina but drink some beer and play guitar. On the other hand, my right hand is just a total machine. I pulled out another 25.5" scale guitar with a TOM bridge, just to make sure it wasn't the Floyd, and it was back to the previous feel.
Who else switches back and forth between multiple scale lengths, what observations have you made, and does it pose certain problems?
For me, the left hand stretches on the 27" scale are fairly prohibitive. I have yet to find that I cannot play the things I need to, but there are certain licks that really have to concentrate on nailing. Stuff that, after a year, still aren't quite on autopilot. However, the feel of the strings under the pick were so much more responsive; stiff enough to not flub around when I really dig in on fast gallops and triplets, but with the right amount of give to make playing so comfortable.
Returning to the 25.5" scale made the left hand so much more comfortable. I was playing parts faster, trying certain licks that I wouldn't have thought of on the longer scale, and generally staying much more relaxed while playing. However, the strings felt a touch rubbery under the pick, and dropping down a pick gauge kept me from moving the strings around too much when playing fast rhythms.
As much as it sucks, I think I am going to have to start carrying both to practice, since I definitely will need work switching between the two. It just does not feel automatic to me.
My VB-200 (viper 27") is 'harder' to play than the others but really I think it's just because the neck sticks so far to the left because of where the body sits on your leg, playing it standing up is super comfortable.
I switch between my 24.75, 25.5, 26.5 and 27 guitars every day so I have no issue playing any sort of scale as long as it's in that range. If you switch around a lot you are more comfortable playing them all.
Like I mentioned a bit before, another thing to take into consideration is how the neck is situated, in a V or SG shape the neck sticks out more to the left than a strat shape which is normal or les pauls which is somewhat back to the right.