if youre scalloping high frets, im not chording on them much anyways. and with high fret wires like i like, i dont feel the wood on the fretboard when im playing up there now. so when i wasnt bending they play about the same and when I am bending its much smoother.
i dont have any guitars scalloped but ive played lots kotor.
you dont really notice a difference playing normal notes imo. the only difference i notice is much smoother bends/vibrato. it just moves the strings so easily being able to dig your fingers literally into the fretboard.
but for everything else i dont notice much of a difference since my fingers never touch the fretboard anyways like you said.
I like the Jem scallops on the high frets; probably the best feature on that guitar IMO. I don't like the rest of the board scalloped, though. It feels weird on chords and I like getting my fingers "on top of" the string with some bite .
Jem scallops on a 1570....that might be pretty cool.....