I have an old parlor guitar that I have started rebuilding. The old fingerboard is pretty severely cupped so I decided to replacing it. The scale length on the guitar seems to be 24 inches, at least the 1-12 fret distance is dead on 12 inches. Someone tried to "fix" this guitar with a (very) over sized bridge so the nut to saddle distance was trashed.
My question is concerned with a fingerboard I already have which has been slotted for a 24.9 inch scale length. I could cut the tail end of the fret board to fit the guitar but I would have to move the bridge down almost an inch to get the scale right. This puts me on top of one of the braces plus it pushes me away from the center of the face too much. (This is a very small guitar.)
I am thinking that if I cut it off at the first fret slot I have a fingerboard of an acceptable length for the guitar with a 1-12 fret distance of 11-23/32 inches for a scale length of 23-7/16 inches. This is about 1/2 inch shorter than the original but keeps me in the center of the face. ( and within the area that is already messed up on the guitar face. )
Am I thinking correctly or is there a "gotcha" that I am missing?