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Here is the question.

I have a old Charvel body that should have a 22 fret neck on it. 25.5 Scale guitar I'm talking here. I found a 24 fret Jackson neck that I would like to use in the same scale, but I am wondering if the 24 fret neck would need a deeper pocket into the body.

Simple, would a 24 fret neck replace the 22 fret neck if it is the same scale with no issues?

Thanks in advance!!!

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Here is the question.

I have a old Charvel body that should have a 22 fret neck on it. 25.5 Scale guitar I'm talking here. I found a 24 fret Jackson neck that I would like to use in the same scale, but I am wondering if the 24 fret neck would need a deeper pocket into the body.

Simple, would a 24 fret neck replace the 22 fret neck if it is the same scale with no issues?

Thanks in advance!!!

It may or may not be wider at the 24th fret. The biggest issue is making a longer pocket so you dont have to move the bridge. May also hit a pickup?

The neck fret spacing is the only thing that makes a difference with scale lenght and at what point the nut starts and bridge ends. You could use a different scale as long as these points line up to the correct distance. Honestly may people bring up using a longer neck and realize the additional work makes it a big project. You either move the bridge or adjust the neck pocket.

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Here is the question.

I have a old Charvel body that should have a 22 fret neck on it. 25.5 Scale guitar I'm talking here. I found a 24 fret Jackson neck that I would like to use in the same scale, but I am wondering if the 24 fret neck would need a deeper pocket into the body.

Simple, would a 24 fret neck replace the 22 fret neck if it is the same scale with no issues?

Thanks in advance!!!

It may or may not be wider at the 24th fret. The biggest issue is making a longer pocket so you dont have to move the bridge. May also hit a pickup?

The neck fret spacing is the only thing that makes a difference with scale lenght and at what point the nut starts and bridge ends. You could use a different scale as long as these points line up to the correct distance. Honestly may people bring up using a longer neck and realize the additional work makes it a big project. You either move the bridge or adjust the neck pocket.

This is what I thought.

Thank you!

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I've dealt with this on a number of older Ibanez guitars. Unlike the AANJ heel design they use now, in the early years (late 80s - early 90s) many of the 24-fret necks simply had an extra long fretboard extension. That is, frets 22-24 were all part of an extended board and the heel itself was a normal strat style heel. On two 22-fret guitars, I used 24 fret necks (Viper necks off Ibanez RT guitars) and converted them to 22-fret necks by simply pulling the 23rd fret and cutting off the remaining 2 frets along the slot where the 23 fret used to sit. That leaves a one-fret overhang which is typical of 22-fret strat necks. Works fine.

But it wasn't long before most companies designed better heels for their 24-fret necks so that the pockets in their 22 fret bodies differed from those on their 24 fret bodies. So... if the Jackson neck uses the long extension with what appears to be a regular strat-style heel, AND the Charvel body also has a normal stat pocket, you may be able to mate them with no additional problems by chopping off the last frets.

Just a suggestion... and (as always) everybody here knows way more than I do so take my input with a grain of salt.

Cheers,

Bert

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