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d rock

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November 18 2007 11:20 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
can anyone explain to me how it feels to play on a scalloped fretboard? i've never had the chance to play one, and i don't really get why it would feel like it plays easier (according to wikipedia) if there is more depth between the strings and the wood. how would this be an advantage?
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November 19 2007 1:02 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
It makes playing faster supposedly, which i can see, and it does wonders for bending. i scalloped out my ibanez's neck from 12-24 and it's pretty cool.
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November 19 2007 1:08 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
but how? i just don't get how carving out the wood would allow you to play faster. wouldn't it mean you end up depressing the string further and using more effort?
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November 19 2007 9:05 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
i played on a strat that had scalloped frets once. i didn't even notice for awhile, honestly cause i was kinda drunk at the time... but the point at hand is it doesn't even feel THAT different really but i did notice a difference once i was told it was scalloped and it does sort of make it easier to move around.
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November 20 2007 2:47 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by:d rock

but how? i just don't get how carving out the wood would allow you to play faster. wouldn't it mean you end up depressing the string further and using more effort?




no, your string is made of metal, in your theory unless i'm wrong you'd result in bent and mangled strings. your finger presses most of it's pressure onto the fretboard whilst fretting. on a scalloped neck, your fingers don't touch the fretboard or at least don't apply nearly as much pressure, it gives you less of a wall to run into per say and makes zipping around your fretboard a bit smoother, it's like playing on air kind of, it's unique
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November 20 2007 2:50 AM   QuickQuote Quote  



the scallops are rather deep but whatever
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November 20 2007 2:51 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
so I'd imagine a scalloped fretboard would lead to less string buzzing then as well.

although chances are if you're blowing that kind of money on an axe your strings aren't gonna be buzzing...
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November 20 2007 2:52 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
you can scallop your fretboard by hand like i did on a cheaper guitar.


the one i did was a hotrodded Ibanez RG 350 i think it was
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November 20 2007 1:09 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by:Riff.

Originally posted by:d rock

but how? i just don't get how carving out the wood would allow you to play faster. wouldn't it mean you end up depressing the string further and using more effort?




no, your string is made of metal, in your theory unless i'm wrong you'd result in bent and mangled strings. your finger presses most of it's pressure onto the fretboard whilst fretting. on a scalloped neck, your fingers don't touch the fretboard or at least don't apply nearly as much pressure, it gives you less of a wall to run into per say and makes zipping around your fretboard a bit smoother, it's like playing on air kind of, it's unique


ah ha, that makes a lot more sense. now i'd like to try one out...
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November 21 2007 12:35 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
it's definetly different so try one out before you commit!
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