I haven't owned a short scale guitar for any great period of time for a long time now, and since getting that Les Paul the other day, I want to put some strings on it that will match my 25.5" guitars.
My 'standard' that I base everything around is a D'Addario 10-46 set in Eb standard. That's the sort of tension I try to match when putting a guitar in a different tuning or something. I will also use 10's in standard, but I never play in standard so that's irrelevent
So I was about to reach for a tension calculator to see if I should go for 11's for the LP, but then it dawned on me... I always use a trem.
Is there a noticeable tension difference between a TOM and a Floyd? Despite the shorter scale, will the tension still roughly be the same as my trem'd superstrats thanks to the non-floating bridge?
If there's a perceivable difference I have yet to notice it. From what I understand regardless of bridge type, the tension is measured between the point of the nut and the saddle at a particular pitch. Anything beyond that is irrelevant as the string is at that pitch and it requires x about of kg to get it there. The springs of a trem simply impart an equal opposite force to that tension to keep it at a zero point.