#1
So I was just wondering, sort of idly, that if it would be smart, practical, or potentially just idiotic to sand down the heel of my EC-1000 a little bit? Because right now, I can't get to those 23rd or 24th frets without contorting my hand around the cutaway. Basically i want to make the cutaway a little deeper, but nothing too extreme.
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#3
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It wouldnt necessarily harm the guitars sound much, but you would kill your binding, finish, and any resale value the guitar has.


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#4
i dont think sanding the heel would help much unless you also cut a little bigger cutaway

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#5
i think the fact that you even had to ask if it was stupid, was clue enough. If you don't ever plan to resell it, do it, it's your guitar. If not, it's your call.
#6
It depends. What are you planning on sanding down, the heel of you neck, or the cutaway of your guitar?
(I DID NOT GOOGLE YOUR GUITAR, TOO LAZY.

DO NOT SAND ANYTHING DOWN ON THE HEEL IF ITS A BOLT ON. YOU RISK DAMAGING AND OR BREAKING YOUR NECK.

If your sanding down the heel, DON'T DO IT UNLESS ITS A NECK THROUGH OR A SET NECK.
If its the latter, don't do it too much, because the neck needs as much wood to wood contact as possible in order to stay stable.

If it's a neckthrough- Feel free to sand down however much you want, It doesn't matter with a neckthrough.

If you meant the cutaways, the same applies.
Set Neck- Feel free, but not too much.
Through Neck- Go for it!

EDIT:
Just googled you guitar, and the easiest way I could tell you to improve Fret access would be to add a bevel to the cutaway.

Here's a pic of what I mean (The bevel isn't yet cut in the pic..but you get the idea )



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#7
Well the lack of easy access to those last few frets just the down side to the LP design. Not sure how much you plan to try to shave off the heel or the cutout. But you do run the risk of taking to much off the back of the heel and screwing up the neck joint stability. And there is the downside that any amount of sanding WILL screw up the finish on such a nice looking guitar. Sand a little here then a little here and well a little there and soon it would look terrible.
#8
I also own the EC-1000, and the cut shouldn't be getting in your way. The square corner of the body that connects to the heel is probably what is forcing your hand out far enough to hit the lower cutout. I sanded down this corner just a little bit -- it doesn't take much at all to make a noticeable difference. How will you finish the exposed wood? I have a spray booth and was able to almost match the color....

This lack of access to the 23rd and 24th fret is just something the LP shape is. Before doing something drastic, if you really even use the 23rd and 24th frets enough to potentially ruin a good instrument, I suggest you take your EC-1000 to the nearest music store, trade it in, and get a super strat or something that lets you reach those frets.