Hi guys, I've fairly recently completed my first guitar build attempt for a good 15 years. It was a (late!) christmas present for my wife, although I did build it more to my specs than hers which is another story! Anyway, the upshot is that she thinks the scale length is too big for her little hands. For the record, it's a six string built to a 25.5" scale length and a pretty narrow neck. Now the question is, how small can you sensibly go and still have a playable, good sounding instrument tuned to E standard? Am I correct in assuming that if I decrease the scale length, I would have to compensate for the decreased string tension by using heavier gauge strings? What I'm thinking is to build another with a much shorter scale length - say, 23.5". The below design is to this scale. Has any of you built/played a guitar with a scale this short? Are there any other things I should be aware of? The other thing I'm worried about is whether or not the instrument proportions look correct? Opinions?