Make a custom: set the neck pocket 3/4" further into the body. You now have a 25.5 scale Tele with the nut in the same location as a 24.75 scale Tele.
Yes it will work. I have set a Strat neck in a full 1.50". You are missing the part where you slide the bridge back the same amount. That's why it's still 25.5 scale as I mentioned.NO. This won't work. You'll end up with an untunable guitar.
Here's what you do: Get you a nice Squier Telecaster and a bolt-on neck from an Epiphone Junior, Special, or SG. They're all about the same.
Figure out how to bolt the Epi neck onto the Telecaster body.
Unscrew the bridge intonation screws 3/16". If they're not long enough to do this, get longer ones.
Now you have an intonatable Gibson-scale Telecaster. You'll lose a lot of the Teleness with the neck being mahogany but at least you'll have a cheap test specimen to mess with.
PS Yes I have done this. And vice versa too.
I remember, years ago, picking one up somehow and right away, it all felt wrong. Someone pointed out to me, Bubba, that's a short scale Fender guitar. All I knew at first was, something was clearly not right.I noticed that guitar was “Off” right away. Proportions were off… never thought I’d see that difference- even in person.
I tried that the other day as a way to see if my action could stand to be any lower (it couldn't) and it was really weird. I think I prefer the Tele neck scale the way it is.You can do a "short scale experiment" on your standard Tele.
1) tune down half a step
2) put a capo on the first fret
That leaves you a 24" scale Tele to play (with the dots in the wrong places!!). Give it a try...