Hopefully this thread can become a resource for people looking for the same information as me, because I have only read contradictory information regarding the needed string length for stringing through the body of a Ripper. I've been using Ernie Ball hybrid slinkys exclusively on my Ripper, without noticing any problem. According to the length chart at BSO, they are 37.25" long, which is long scale, whereas some information on the web says extra long scale is needed. I've read some people saying they strung through the body with long scale string without any problem. Now my question is: am doing something wrong using long scal strings? Are they too short and I am not noticing it? Here are some pics of the nut and headstock (and the bridge to prove it's strung-through). They are delibaretly high-res, so you can click on them to enlarge. What do you think? I don't quite remember the last time I did it, but I don't I cut the strings before putting them on. Does it look ok to you?