What's up with these scalloped necks..?

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  1. Poodlesrule

    Poodlesrule Well-Known Member

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    A few came up on local CL, now I am curious.
    What's up with these things?

    No interest, just wondering
     

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    Chamelion 6 New Member

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    That's funny cause I was just hinking about scalloped fingerboards this morning. I remember when they were the big fad and people were hacking and filing their necks into toohtpicks....... Now I don't hear much about them at all.

    Anybody here still like them or play one?
     
  3. GibsonWho?

    GibsonWho? New Member

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    I've played a few, mostly on Yngwie strats, and I'm not a fan. Just don't really like the feel or the tone.
     
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    I'd like to get one, just so I could really work it over and see if it's for me but it's not worth the investment for me. I think Richie Blackmore uses a partially scalloped neck, just the 12th fret and higher
     
  5. Rick In Pa.

    Rick In Pa. Well-Known Member PREMIUM Supporter

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    (Former) AGF'er Geoffrey Charles scalloped the fretboards on a couple of his Douglas V's and I know he loved it. Seems really weird and uncomfortable to me though.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, that is how Yngwie's are too. And, if that's the case, I'm sure it was because Blackmore did it. Ritchie is/was Yngwie's idol. I think he is probably his own idol though now :uh:
     
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    I need to get way more proficient on a regular fretboard before I even think of touching a scalloped one.
     
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    I actually read an article where Yngwie claimed he didn't know Blackmore used scalloped frets, his inspiration for doing it was 17th century lutes or something where the fingerboards were carved out instead of having actual frets, Yngwie does a full scallop though, at least his fenders are anyways
     
  9. Zofar

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    I'm almost 100% certain that both Blackmore and Malmsteen have fully scalloped fretboards.

    I have scalloped frets 12-21 on my squier strat and I really liked it. It gives you more control over the string when it comes to bends and vibrato and gives a nice, smooth feel overall. I never had any problem adjusting to it because I play with a very light touch regardless of what I'm playing. People who are more heavy-handed may find that they're bending the strings out of tune because there is no fretboard there to stop you.

    Since I sold my Strat I have been thinking about doing it to my Charvel. It's a really simple and easy process, but you can't exactly undo it if you don't like it.

    [Edited on 17-5-2010 by Zofar]
     
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    RIck, that's not correct. Yngwie's is fully scalloped, as is Blackmores.
     
  11. Rick In Pa.

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    I stand corrected. But not on the Yngwie being a cocky conceited asshole part ;)
     
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    OK, lots of stuff being thrown around in this thread! To get it straight (I'm a bit of an Yngwie fan!):

    - Yngwie claims (as was mentioned) that he go the idea to scallop from seeing lutes that came into a luthier's shop that he was apprenticing in when he was a kid in Stockholm. Blackmore was his idol, but that's not where he got the idea.

    - The Malmsteen strats are full scallops.

    - The Blackmore strat is NOT a full scallop, assuming we're talking about his signature Fender model. It has what they call a "graduated scallop"
     
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    That is the worst/ugliest headstock I've ever seen on a guitar. Please tell me it's just a coincidence that it looks just like a KKK hood ohno:
     
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    John McLaughlin also experimentd with a scalloped fingerboard in his Mahavishnu days.

    The Vai JEM models have scalloping on the last few upper register frets.
     
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    I'd really like a partially-scalloped neck, say 12'th fret and above - is it easy to DIY on rosewood fretboards?
     
  16. Tritone

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    True that. I think McLaughlin did it to try and make his guitar sound more like a sitar, or another Indian instrument.
     
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    I think it's easier than maple, since you don't have to refinish it. Just sand with finer and finer grit and then oil it up.

    Project Guitar has a good tutorial on it. Seems pretty easy.

    http://www.projectguitar.com/menu/tutorial.htm
     
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    I think there needs to be an SX scalloped strat for about $150 just so you could see if you like it or not
     
  19. Zofar

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    Blackmore has every fret scalloped, but they're shaped differently.

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    K.K. Downing from Judas Priest also used a fully scalloped fretboard.


    Edit:
    It's very easy, and you hardly need any tools. I did it to my squier strat using only sand paper to make the scallops, pencils, pens and markers of various sizes to wrap the sandpaper around to make sure I got a nice round scallop and some masking tape to protect the frets.

    [Edited on 17-5-2010 by Zofar]
     
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    Yep. I think there might be some confusion about terminology here...

    If by "full scallop" we mean every fret from 1-->21 is scalloped, then yes, Yngwie and Blackmore are both full scalloped. But by full scalloped, I usually think of symmetrical, "full" scallops on each fret. Blackmore's are gradual, like the pic you posted.
     

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