Ever tried a 24 3/4 scale Tele?

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  1. 67TeleNut

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    The Reverend Willy G has his Teles built to Gibson Scale by John Bolin. Has anyone tried a short scale Tele like BFG?
     

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    I built one. I love it.
     
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    Got a Squire Affinity BSB with a Warmoth conversion neck I put on a couple of years ago. It's a fun little guitar to play.
     
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    I have a tele with Warmoth's short-scale neck. It sounds and plays great. Don't believe anyone who tells you it doesn't twang like a "real tele". My ShortScale with OV pickups twangs more than a MIM Standard or the new HWY 1s. It darkens the tone slightly but pickups have much more effect.
     
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    Is it just a mater of swapping necks or do you have to move the bridge too? Never realized that Billy's Teles were short scale..
     
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    I believe the conversion necks take that into account, but I've not played one.

    I have played a Tom Anderson Tele-style with the short scale (alder body, maple neck, rosewood board, soapbar neck pickup and Tele-style bridge pickup) - didn't get a chance to plug it in but it played really smoothly (like all Andersons). Unfortunately the guitar had been sold on-line literally 10 minutes before I got to the shop; since I had traveled about an hour to get there they let me gently try it out for a few minutes.

    I've also played a couple Anderson Cobras, but the probably don't count - they were both the typical maple top/mahogany body, mahogany neck, 2 humbucker style - they were more of a PRS that looked like a Tele.
     
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    The Squier Japan "contemporary series" Strats from the 1980s were, for some reason, all done in 24 3/4", not with a conversion neck either - everything's just a wee bit smaller.

    I have a couple, and I find that's all I'm playing these days.

    I'm trying to imagine that scale length with 7 gauge strings and just can't. He must have the lightest touch ever. For a year I had to fight down the urge to put 11s on the Squiers to compensate for the decreased string tension.
     
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    I betcha the Rev has some sort of repetitive hand condition
     
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    He also chambers the bodies AND NECKS!

    Must have a back problem too...
     
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    Hold on, your telling me that Rev Billy G chambers his necks?!? How is that even possible?
     
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    Yes, according to Bolin.
     
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    I have an Anderson with the short 24 3/4 scale they call it a "short T"
    it`s a total blast to play, very forgiving!
    I have Fender nocasters in it, spanks just fine to me
     
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    With a Warmoth conversion neck, you don't have to mess with the bridge.
     
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    I don't see he point.
    And, you can't tell me 25 1/2" isn't an important part of a Fender's character.
    Speaking of what makes a Tele a Tele.
     
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    For myself, and probably many others, I would like the closer spacing of frets. When I play my Gibsons everyday, and one day decide to pick up my Tele, I find myself having an "adjustment period". Fingers miss, ever so slightly, and playing slide is off a tad. After a few minutes, I get used to it.

    If you are someone like BFG, who switches guitars for his show, you may want all of them to feel the same.

    I've never tried it, so I may not like it.
     
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    It enables a thicker string gauge with the same tension.
    If you are used to 9's then you can play 10's for example.

    I have a Tom Anderson Cobra and I've played an Anderson shorty T.
    I'm a fan, for sure.
     
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    The alternative would be a LP-style guitar with a 25 1/2" scale [​IMG]
     
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