#1
Hey i was looking at one of alexi's guitars and noticed the last 5 frets are scalloped. i was just wondering what this does for him or the player of the guitar.



Cheers
Gear:

Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH
Jackson Pro Series RR24M
Dean Dave Mustaine Signature VMNT

JCM 2000 TSL 100
#2
Scalloped frets are a bit more smooth and are used for lead/solo work. Bends are a lot easier with scalloped frets. IMO, I'd only every consider doing it with a 100$ guitar, and thing it's kind of an easy way out.
R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio. Supplied amazing music to both me and my mother.

He will be missed.
#3
Oki, thanks for the help
Gear:

Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH
Jackson Pro Series RR24M
Dean Dave Mustaine Signature VMNT

JCM 2000 TSL 100
#4
It has it's advantages and disadvantages.
Cheap guitar would be a good idea lol.
These guys are masters with their equipment.
Likes of Yngwie Malmsteen too.
I doubt it'll be worth all the effort.
On playing the Paul Gilbert signature at the guitar store extensively, my missus sighed:
"Put it down now, It's like you love that guitar more than me!"
In Which I replied.
"Well it has got two F-Holes!"
#5
I scalloped the 12-24 frets on my Jackson. Definitely gives a more expressive sound to bends and vibrato, not necessarily better or worse, just different.
#6
Well it gives the player more control of the instrument. Strings do not touch the fretboard at all, thus eliminating friction so bends are easier and a potentially richer and smoother vibrato can be achieved. Also, if you attempt to fret a note as one would on a normal guitar, this acts as a bend and vibrato can also be achieved this way. Some say that a light touch is required, but if you notice, on most guitars the string never completely touches the fretboard anyway.
#7
FWIW, this ebay seller does a good job of scallopping necks: http://cgi.ebay.com/Scallop-Your-Guitar-Neck-Scalloping-Scalloped-/140408567405?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b100b66d

I've seen 2 necks he has done and the work is very good. I think I've seen his price lower at certain times of the year so I never hurts to keep an eye out.

FWIW, scallopping makes bends easier because your FINGER doesn't touch the fretboard; not the string itself. If you fret in such a way that strings touch the fretboard, you've got a technique problem and all your fretted notes are way sharp.
#8
Another thing it really helps with is tapping. Makes it a lot easier to tap and to tap with bends.
Gear
Jackson RR24M - EMG ALX w/ ABQ installed
Ibanez Xiphos - stock
LTD Alexi 600 - stock
Ibanex RG - Tone Zone(bridge), PAF Pro(neck)
Blackstar HT-20H
Fulltone OCD
MXR 10 Band EQ
#9
Quote by larrytheguitar
and thing it's kind of an easy way out.


lol
#11
I don't really think it has anything to do with fret acess.

I have a V and it is soooo easy to reach ALL frets.
Gear
Jackson RR24M - EMG ALX w/ ABQ installed
Ibanez Xiphos - stock
LTD Alexi 600 - stock
Ibanex RG - Tone Zone(bridge), PAF Pro(neck)
Blackstar HT-20H
Fulltone OCD
MXR 10 Band EQ
#12
It's just a different feel, bends are more sensitive giving you more control but it makes chords very difficult if you have the entire neck scalloped.
#14
You have to have a softer touch with your fretting finger or all the notes you play will end up being sharp as hell.
#15
I also did the top 12 frets on my Jackson. I love it, my notes don't go sharp ever and I play pretty much as normal. My strings do seem to wear a bit faster, the hi E and B are really bumpy when I take them off to change.

The bending is so much nicer to me.

Vai's jems are the same, top 4 frets. Honestly on the top 12 frets with jumbos the string never touches the fretboard anyways, just your finger as it pushes on the string.
Last edited by Tempoe at May 27, 2010,
#16
Have any of you scalloped a guitar that has binding on it?

Is it possible without messing up the binding?

Wanna get the last 4 frets on my RR24M scalloped, but it has binding, so I don't know if its possible w/o messing up the binding.
Gear
Jackson RR24M - EMG ALX w/ ABQ installed
Ibanez Xiphos - stock
LTD Alexi 600 - stock
Ibanex RG - Tone Zone(bridge), PAF Pro(neck)
Blackstar HT-20H
Fulltone OCD
MXR 10 Band EQ
#17
Quote by srob7001
Is it possible without messing up the binding?


Depends on what you mean by messing up. The scallop will definitley go into the binding the depth of the scallop. Does this constitue 'messing up' to you? Or are you worried that it might pull the binding away from the neck when the scallopping is being performed? The glue used to install binding is pretty stout so there is very little worry.
#18
I have scalloped through plastic binding without any problems.
#19
Yea, I knew it would cut into the binding, I was more worried about the binding being pulled away from the neck.

You guys just use a 1" circular sanding tool?
Gear
Jackson RR24M - EMG ALX w/ ABQ installed
Ibanez Xiphos - stock
LTD Alexi 600 - stock
Ibanex RG - Tone Zone(bridge), PAF Pro(neck)
Blackstar HT-20H
Fulltone OCD
MXR 10 Band EQ
#20
Quote by srob7001
You guys just use a 1" circular sanding tool?


I generally just scallop 15 (or 17) up. I first use a fretting saw to very accurately establish a center cut line. I then rough out the scallop with a rat tail file as it cuts quickly. I then use different diameter wood dowels wrapped in sandpaper to make everything nice and clean.

Here's a results pic of my first scallop work....

#21
That looks really nice.

I may have to give this a try on my old beater guitar first before I go at my Jackson.

Thanks for the tips!
Gear
Jackson RR24M - EMG ALX w/ ABQ installed
Ibanez Xiphos - stock
LTD Alexi 600 - stock
Ibanex RG - Tone Zone(bridge), PAF Pro(neck)
Blackstar HT-20H
Fulltone OCD
MXR 10 Band EQ
#22
i tried an ibanez jem with the upper frets scalloped

wasn't my cup of noodles

oh and someone get some Karl Sanders pics in here
post-punksymphonicblackeneddeathcore
#26
That's better than a round file when you're on the lower frets.
#28
<FWIW, this ebay seller does a good job of scallopping necks: http://cgi.ebay.com/Scallop-Your-Guitar-Neck-Scalloping-Scalloped-/140408567405?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b100b66d

I've seen 2 necks he has done and the work is very good. I think I've seen his price lower at certain times of the year so I never hurts to keep an eye out.>

I was going to have this guy do my neck last winter and so inquired about it etc. Unfortunately I got way busy at work and didn't find time to send him the neck. So I recontacted him a few days ago, and got not reply. So I sent off two more emails thinking somehow they had been filtered or bounced. I then suddenly got back not one, but FIVE, really nasty, indeed ABUSIVE emails from the guy, evidently because I hadn't sent the neck in the first time I contacted him. So now, not only will he not do my neck, but I don't want to deal with someone who gets abusive just because the customer waited a bit longer than he had planned to send him the product! A really weird and rather upsetting experience altogether!!

Does anyone know of ANOTHER scalloping service that is also good, and reasonably priced, but won't call me horrible names for wanting to do business with him a bit later than originally planned??