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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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First Roadstar II mod (scalloped fretboard )

This is the first mod so far on my Ibanez Roadstar II 1985 that I got for free a half year ago.
I posted about that in a different thread so I'm not gonna write the whole story here.

I have ordered cream white pickguard material and black pickup covers without holes.
I like the EMG look but hate emg's :P
Gonna rewire it completly but I'm not changing any parts.
It has an amazing sound and it beats any strat thta I played.

Anyways back to the mod.
I copied this from a different forum and it was directed towards a bit younger crowd (like myself) so ignore the part about playability. I'm sure you all know what it's like to **** off on a scalloped neck.

The scallops turned out a bit too deep on the lower frets but It made it even better.
Gotta love eastern style bends.

Yay.
I just succesfuly scalloped the maple neck on my Ibanez Roadstar II (1985 if you're wondering).
I went for full scallops on all the frets and it took me one solid day to complete.
I only had 2 files. One was the size of a pencil and the other - a thumb.
Needless to say that made the work even harder.

It was easy as hell to finish all of the high frets using only the small file but after that , **** became intense.
The hardest were frets 1 through 5 cause they are so damn ****ing wide.
All of the fret dots under the 12th fret disapeared but I couldn't be arsed to get new ones.
Looks pretty nice and smooth tho.
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The playability is amazing and if you're having problems with playing in tune , you should seriously chill out and stop pressing down so hard , you're most likely playing with alot of tension. I didn't have problems with that it's just the sight of floating fingers that makes it look and feel kinda weird.
It feels like playing a guitar that is tuned down to drop B.
The bends and vibrato are easy as **** + you have perfect grip on the strings.
Highly recomended mod.
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After shaping the scallops I sanded the ****er down and oiled it .
Here's the finished product:


Notice the advanced strap locking system...


It's hard to hold the guitar without sticking my face in .
(I'm using a built in camera)


I'm not kidding just look at the weird angle of my hand.


A closeup for those extra-kinky folks.
(notice the pinky )


Here's the slightly uneven low-fret area. Took ages to scallop.

This was my first ever attempt at scalloping and I'm definatly proud of it, especialy after the hours I put in it.
By hours I mean one long morning and one long afternoon :P


It's not perfect but I'm just happy it didn't end up looking like this one :

Poor guy haha
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 05:52 PM
 
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Re: First Roadstar II mod (scalloped fretboard )

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The scallops turned out a bit too deep on the lower frets but It made it even better.
Heh, yes that do look very deep but for a first try, that's a good job.

I've been getting the itch to try a scalloped board but I don't have any guitars that I can afford to mess up. Besides, I'm a little afraid that I would like it so much that I want to do it to all my guitars.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: First Roadstar II mod (scalloped fretboard )

Haha yes.
That's pretty much what happened.

Must....resist...scalloping....main...guitar....

It is so damm nice.
Now that I played with it for a while , my regural necks feel really odd and hard to play on.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 11:31 PM
 
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Re: First Roadstar II mod (scalloped fretboard )

whoa nice for ur first try ive never played a scalloped neck i need to try it one day
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-10-2008, 01:51 AM
 
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Re: First Roadstar II mod (scalloped fretboard )

Luckily you didn't scallopwn it, but I would say thats way to deep and question the overall stability of the neck, I hope it doesn't warp on you.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-10-2008, 09:54 AM
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Re: First Roadstar II mod (scalloped fretboard )

^^ I was gonna say the same thing. Looks well done but quite extreme.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-25-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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Re: First Roadstar II mod (scalloped fretboard )

that looks really cool....hope it plays well too...
i guess you could get a fancy looking fretboard by a good paint job...
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-25-2008, 04:56 PM
 
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Re: First Roadstar II mod (scalloped fretboard )

Btw, You can buy the covers for EMG style sperately you know...buy a couple and slap em over the pups you have, job done. EMG look, no emgs.
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