Scalloped necks

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  1. ricksdisconnected

    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    anybody here successfully scalloped a neck before?
    tell us the results.
     
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    Scallops are tasty:cheers:
     
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    Super jumbo frets do about the same thing and don't require you to permanently alter a neck. Plus, doing a consistent scallop job is a bit of a black art.

    I've seen many hand scalloped necks and almost none were done well.

    Ibanez does a nice job of scalloping a neck. If you want to scallop your own, see how Ibanez does it and use that as your standard of workmanship.
     
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    yeah they are. i like them on the shallower side though.
     
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    I have done a few times... never as good as a fender YJM looks. I love scalloped necks, but I need one or two guitars like this and I totally agree with @Matthews Guitars , tall frets do the job, at least they get really close to it.
     
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    thanks you for your reply. i cant find anything good (video) on scalloping.
    ive got roughly 15 or so necks to practice on. i see a lot of people using rat files.
    yes ibanez is the shit when it comes to necks in my opinion. i like that wider flatter feel.
     
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    Use an inflatable drum or pneumatic sleeve sander if you can get the sleeves/drums in the right size range.

    With patience, a dremel with sanding drums can do a good job.
     
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    yeah i just want to do from the 12th to 24th. i dont care for scallops in the chording area
    of the neck. to much pitch shifting on the strings. i ofen use a heavy hand and my strings
    go sharp when i chord. hate that lol.
     
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    Teach yourself to play with a lighter touch. Simplest way: Take your thumb off the back of the neck. That'll lighten your touch. Also it can speed you up with no thumb to cause drag.
     
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    I like using a drum stick and sand paper from 80 to 220 and PLEASE watch out for the frets.

    a round file might help you too.
     
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    There will be no modifications to guitars or amps on the Marshall forum.


    :scratch: Ok, I may be slightly off on that one.
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    Carnada... :)...
     
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    means bait in spanish.
     
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    To be fair, that would be carnada de pez.
     
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    oh HELL NO.
     
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    EVH had one guitar (neck) early on, that had a very, very light scallop in the last several frets. Undetectable if you were not looking for it. It might have been his square heel neck on the (R&W) Franky There was a close up of an image somewhere. I think I seen it on TGP. (I could not believe it myself... Maybe a spotlight artifact, but you can actually see the Maple fretboard was concave between the higher fret and not the frets behind his hand - in the image. I will try to locate that and post. I need confirmation by others here on this forum because there never was any mention of this? We will decide! lol!

    I like Vai/Ibanez approach. I have done two partial upper register scallops. Very light scalloping! One on a 22 fret Ibanez Skolnick model - from 12th on up & another on a 24 fret Fender Strat, 15th and up (sold - new owner loved it!). Both are Rosewood, and the work is a light scallop job, where there is enough bite to make notes sing. Recommend for playing leads, or if you are a lead guitar player. :shred:

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    I always liked Blackmore's Fender scallop over YJM's, which are a lighter scallop. On the YJM's, the scalloping on the Maple is deeper than the slab Rosewood.
    IMHO The JEM's Vai scallop on the high four frets are smart thinking by Ibanez!
     
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