#1
I've been looking at new guitars and I was wondering what people thought about them....I dont really understand it that much either. Is it the neck that's being scalloped?
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#3
It will make playing harder or some ****. It is completely pointless. Which is why Yngwi Egosteem has it.
#4
Quote by Nilpferdkoenig
yeah, the frets
so you can push down on them to bend them
I don't really get the point either, just go with it


I'm not aware of anyone who does what you just said to bend the frets, because I'd imagine it'd kill your fingers in minutes.


People who scallop say:

1. It's easier to bend, because the fretboard wood isn't on your fingers, which reduces resistance
2. (Not Proven) Shredding is easier
3. (Not Proven) You get better tone out of it.
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#5
Does anyone reccomend it, or just go with normal frets?
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#8
basically all scalloped frets do is give you better control over the strings because there is no wood to get in the way. bending, vibrato, etc. are easier. but there are drawbacks. if you press too hard the note will go out of tune, and despite what most people think it does not make you faster, if anything it will slow you down. but try it out beforehand and see if you like it.
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#9
Scalloping the space in between the frets, supposedly makes it easier to play because your fingers don't come into contact with the fretboard.

Be careful though becuase it does require a very light touch or you will send the notes sharps when you play. For that reason scalloped fret boards aren't the best if you're a rhythm heavy player. If you're going to just be doing noodely lead work like Yngwie it may be worth cosidering.
#10
Quote by V.U.K
I'm not aware of anyone who does what you just said to bend the frets, because I'd imagine it'd kill your fingers in minutes.


People who scallop say:

1. It's easier to bend, because the fretboard wood isn't on your fingers, which reduces resistance
2. (Not Proven) Shredding is easier
3. (Not Proven) You get better tone out of it.


When you're touching a string it isn't even touching the wood so your finger shouldn't be either, right?
Getting better tone is a stupid reason.
You can get better tone out of an amp, a cab, a pedal, a mic, a guitar, a pickup, a volume control, strings, tunings, player, fingers or pic, an overdub or wood type so just getting the scallops for tone would be stupid.
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Quote by V.U.K
I'm not aware of anyone who does what you just said to bend the frets, because I'd imagine it'd kill your fingers in minutes.


People who scallop say:

1. It's easier to bend, because the fretboard wood isn't on your fingers, which reduces resistance
2. (Not Proven) Shredding is easier
3. (Not Proven) You get better tone out of it.


BS- If you're applying pressure properly your fingers shouldn't actually touch the fretboard
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BS- If you're applying pressure properly your fingers shouldn't actually touch the fretboard


It is actually difficult to push the string down far enough to touch the fretboard. At least on my schecter with jumbo frets it is. The strat has itty bitty frets and it's slightly harder to bend.
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BS- If you're applying pressure properly your fingers shouldn't actually touch the fretboard

Depends on the height of the frets your playing on. On jumbo frets you'd have to be pretty heavy handed to actually hit the fretboard, but on some more vintage-styled guitars with shorter frets, even with a light touch you'll hit the fretboard.

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#16
From what I have heard it more or less forces you to be more precise with your playing. It also makes bends and vibratos a lot easier. Oh and doesnt Vai have the upper frets scalloped on his guitar?

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#17
Quote by Schecter1277
It will make playing harder or some ****. It is completely pointless. Which is why Yngwi Egosteem has it.


Could you talk any more ****E? It's so you can bend easier, the older JEM models have scalloped frets from 21 - 24. It's quite cool and handy for fretting in that region. Yngwie has it on every fret which seems kinda pointless
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You need to have seen a specific episode of Red Dwarf...I think it's called "Quarantine" but I'm not sure.

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Is there a youtube clip of it?
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#21
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Could you talk any more ****E? It's so you can bend easier, the older JEM models have scalloped frets from 21 - 24. It's quite cool and handy for fretting in that region. Yngwie has it on every fret which seems kinda pointless


Didn't we just cover that when playing normally a guitar's string doesn't touch the fretboard anyway.
However, in the upper frets where you normally play chords more, and the string touches the fret to kind anchor the strings and keep the chord in key. With scalloped frets you don't have that, so it is possible that you may bend the chord when you don't mean to and it will go all out of key.
#22
alright thanks. It doesnt seem like a wise decision to get one with all scalloped frets at least. maybe some upper frets scalloped
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#23
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Does anyone reccomend it, or just go with normal frets?


Just go with normal frets. If you can try it and you like it/feel it makes you play better/ then go for it. Just don't but a guitar without trying it. It's like extended range guitars, would you buy an 8, 9, or 10 string guitar only ever having played a six? No.
#24
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It will make playing harder or some ****. It is completely pointless. Which is why Yngwi Egosteem has it.

the amount of fail in your post is utterly mind-blowing. i now need surgery to stitch my head closed and i will need reconstructive brain surgery.
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#26
I dont see the reason that coming into contact with the fretboard wood would be a factor, i never push hard enough to touch it anyway... And saying that if you push to hard with scalloped frets makes it out of tune is obvious, the same applies to a normal fretboard.
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Don't attempt wit, it makes yourself look bad. I deduct 20 internets from you.

I did overdo it a little, but you honestly have no know knowledge of scalloped guitars and that if you were as good of a guitarist as yngwie then you would probably have a big ego too.


Back on topic: scalloped fretboards help an extremely light touch and could help a persons technique a great deal.