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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Scalloping my fingerboard

I was watching Kiko Loureiro's clinic, I decided I wanted a scalloped fingerboard Ibanez from the 12th fret onwards. However, I didn't want to do it on my super wizards, hence I scalloped on my Korean Ibanez neck.





Not the best scallop job in the world but.. gets the work done

I've written an article here for those who want to know how to do this.

http://theguitarotakucomplex.blogspo...fretboard.html

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

Good job man Looks great!
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

Very nice, you did a much better job than me . I also wasn't about to attempt this on a Japan neck. My MII ended up being the guinea pig.

Like you said though, it gets the job done.
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

Your's look pretty good as well. Just a little deeper than mine. The last time I did deep scallop on one of my Squiers, I realized that it's just cosmetic and there is practically no difference if it was deep or shallow thought. So I went with shallow this time round. LOL.
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

I press down very light and never touch the fretboard anyway.
The Jumbo frets are so tall.

Were the inlays so deep they stayed, or did you have to put them back in some how?
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

There is still a difference between jumbo frets and scallop. Main difference can be felt when you are doing bendings.
Mine was deep enough that they stayed. Ibanez has pretty deep inlays. I did very shallow scallop though..
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

Looks pretty good to me--especially for a first try! Nice job. The real test will be to feel how it plays.



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Good work, I bet it plays nicely too!
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

On all the scalloped Ibanez necks I've seen, the inlays were always deep enough. They're practically as thick as the fretboard.
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Yep. Plays really well. I've also sand down the thickness and kinda reshaped the neck abit. Really comfortable to grip on.
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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-02-2011, 05:32 PM
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

I refinished mine with tung oil. It gives the back of the neck an amazing feel. I highly recommend it.
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-02-2011, 10:16 PM
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

Very sweet, man, very sweet.
I prefer the look of a deep scallop, but to each his own :P
all in all, professional looking by all means.
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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

I am so jealous of your scallop job. I meant to do it, but started a refret before I got to scallop. I'm kindof curious how a scallop job affects the refret process, too... Please let us know how you like the feel of the scalloped board compared to the old flat board. What differences did you notice immediately, and has it been hard to get used to for you? Also, what string gauge to you use?
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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

I've written an article on my blog, explaining on the finer details of Scallop fingerboard.

http://theguitarotakucomplex.blogspo...scalloped.html

I've also scalloped a squier (deep scalloped) which can be seen here.

http://theguitarotakucomplex.blogspo...ia-squier.html

To me, scalloping the fingerboard definitely gives you a very different feel compared to a normal fingerboard. One noticeable difference is the string freedom it gives you when fretting the notes and the light touch feeling you get when running your fingers doing fast scale runs. Vibratos and string bends are a walk in the part with scalloped fingerboard.

I personally don't think a full neck scallop is necessary but scalloped fingerboards can be a joy to play with once you get really comfortable with it. In terms of adaptability, I don't think it's much of a problem either. I adapt pretty fast to a scalloped fingerboard.

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post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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Re: Scalloping my fingerboard

I've just done the top octave of one of my 1570.I played a show on Friday- I was going to play it for one set then switch to my main but ended up playing it all night. I think it feels good. It feels a bit "bumpier" instead of smoother. But note articulation is great. Fewer misfrets. Seems like either you fret the note and it sings nicely or nothing. Bends and wide vibrato are easier as well - easy to over bend.

Oh, I noticed no intonation problems due to excess pressure. But I think on the wider frets there might be an issue if you did a full fretboard.

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