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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2002, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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scalloped fretboard

wich jem has a scalloped fretboard? and do you like it? only fret 21-24 are scalloped tough.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2002, 05:45 AM
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It's actually most of the JEMs that have the scalloped top frets. Things like the JEM10 the JEM90 and the ones with the screw head inlays don't have the scallops, nor do the 555 series.

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Personally I think it's useful when I'm using it and would have it on a guitar I had custom made for me, but I don't miss it that much on guitars that don't have it
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I really don't notice the diffirence, scalloped or not. But I'm not much at that positions anyway, so with or without, it's all the same to me
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its more of a help when you are using the old style neck joint. With the all access neck its not that big of a deal now. Is it possible to do a vine inlay on a neck thats been completely scalloped? Anyone with a jem neck thats scalloped all the way up and down??
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I'd say it's possible bot probably a major nuissance.

the scalloped frets on 21-24 are great since it's easier to manipulate your fingers in that area to get good clean notes. When you press down, the string tension in that area is high enough betwwen the frets that it's extremely difficult to press the string down far enough toward the fretboard to make the note go sharp. This is great since this is an issue with heavier-handed folks playing necks that are mostly scalloped.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-29-2002, 09:25 AM
 
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Is it possible to do a vine inlay on a neck thats been completely scalloped?
Yes, it's possible. There are really 2 ways going about this. If the neck has already been scalloped prior to inlay, then as Mike said you'd have a rough time using real abalone or MOP. Due to the fact about 50% of the fingerboard thickness is gone, you must be very careful about routing through the back of the fingerboard. We're only talking about a 2mm route or less for the inlay, which would have to contour to the already scalloped fingerboard. I couldn't imagine such a task being done.

The other option would be a semi-flexable sheet of Micralone shell which is only .005" thick. This could be applied much easier but 1 of 2 things would need to happen:

1. The fingerboard would need a clearcoat over it.
2. The fingerboard would be routed about .010" or more deep to supply the inlay and allow an adhesive and top coat of epoxy to set.

The easiest way would be to inlay the fingerboard FIRST, then scallop away. Shell comes in different thicknesses so the thicker would be used on such a neck. The thicker shell is also about 25% more expensive.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-29-2002, 12:52 PM
 
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I remember seeing one of the members of judas preist with a custom esp. The neck was a maple 24 fret with ebony fretboard, completely scalloped with pretty big arrow inlays. It looked good actually and the ebony really shined showing off the scallop really well. Id imagine they started with a really thick fretboard did the inlay, and scalloped with the inlay in. From the looks of the polishing and buffing on it it almost had to be
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Id imagine they started with a really thick fretboard did the inlay, and scalloped with the inlay in.
It's not necessary to have an excessively thick fretboard for inlay work geared towards scalloping. If it was plastic inlays it can be as thick as can be. Shell only comes in certain thickness due to the nature and contour of the shells. Most fingerboards are about 6mm in thickness - pre radius sanding. General inlay material is no thicker than 1.5-2.0mm thick. If the guy making the neck knew the fingerboard would be scalloped, he'd take this to thought and buy the proper materials so scalloping wouldn't be a problem and scallop accordingly.

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