How to scallop the fingerboard

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by faekildare, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. faekildare

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    I wonder if scalloping the neck is a reasonable alternative to installing new frets, or changing the feel of vintage frets so they perform like jumbos, (i.e. lower the fretboard instead of raising the fret)
    A possible alternative to fret replacement on cheapie necks that cost too much to refret. Scalloping is relatively easy, so...hmmm
     
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    Nope. It isn't. Because there is a certain height on the frets that is needed for fretting. The feeling of tall frets such as 6105 and 6100 is very very different compared to scalloped fretboard.

    In the end of the day to me, a scallop fretboard just gives you more string control and kind of forces the player to play with a lighter touch. Which also results in lesser fatigue and speed.
     

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