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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2001, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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scallped frets - for someone that knows

please i want to know the different between
scallped frets and regular frets.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2001, 06:34 PM
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Just like it sounds.
it means the fretboard. not the frets.

The difference is a scalloped board is filed down to make it inverted.
find a jem at a music store. the last 4 frets are scalloped.

I have scalloped a few guitars in my day. and am working on one more right now..

Dont try it until you fully understand how to do it.
you could mess up your frets and lose your inlays if tou go too deep.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2001, 06:58 PM
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The difference or purpose for scalloping is pretty simple:

To increase the distance between the tips of your fingers on your fretting hand from the fingerboard when pressing down strings to reduce fretboard "drag".

Early users of this, Richie Blackmore for instance, did it because of how tiny the frets were on older Fenders. It would literally slow you down.

With modern jumbo frets being as huge as they are, it's almost pointless to scallop above the 12th fret because your fingers won't touch the neck anyway.

Lay your guitar flat and press a string to a fret (don't jam it, finger it normally) and peek between your finger and the fretboard. You'll see varying daylight as you travel up and down the neck.

Hope this helps.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2001, 11:30 PM
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I have a great picture of the heck do I post a picture?
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-13-2001, 06:35 AM
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Hey, scallops is what yngwie malmsteen has on his fenders... *The fretboard is dug out between the frets bilding sort of a halfpipe between the frets...

(Edited by Jay Satriani at 12:38 pm on Nov. 13, 2001)
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as the old saying goes...

a picture speaks a thousand words...

i know... i know... that was very :lame:

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-14-2001, 04:43 AM
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Scalloping is actually a very old idea. *Most medieval lutes had scalloped fingerboards and in fact the 'point' of the scallop, where the metal fret would now be, was often just the wood of the fretboard!

I remember attending a demo by Yngwie where he said that scalloped fingerboards actually slowed you down, but they allowed you to really 'grab the string' for wicked bends and vib. *
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