I am currently improving on a squier standard tele and have bought new pickups and the whole deal. however, I am stuck an issue regarding the neck. on the neck which is currently on the guitar, the fretboard portion of the neck extends longer than the neck itself, like this:
and I was wondering if it really mattered if I purchased a neck without that little overhang and if it would fit fine. any ideas?
Yes, the overhang is to fit the 22nd fret on without having to have an entirely different body with a longer neck pocket route just for 22 fret guitars.
Most 21 fret and 22 fret necks are easily interchangeable so long as you keep in the same 'family', like don't mix a Squire neck with a Fender, or a CIJ neck with an MIM body. I'm not saying they won't fit, and they often do, but to make them play well it is more often the case shims and other tweaks are needed. So given you needed to ask the question, you may not want to get into that just yet.
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