#2
Yep exactly. They just help so you don't have to push down as hard which helps with the speed.
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#3
I think they are supposed to help with bends.

you have to push down just as hard to get a note on scalloped and non scalloped necks. So they don't help speed.

Some necks have scalloped frets higher on the neck for solos, but not at the bottom. This is because they are just for soloing, i.e. where you would usually do more bending and stuff...

I dont use them though...
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#4
Really? I would say that the lack of having to press down on the neck with force would significantly increase speed imo.
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#5
Quote by Bastard Son
Really? I would say that the lack of having to press down on the neck with force would significantly increase speed imo.

The distance between the strings and the frets is the same, whether a neck is scalloped or not. Therefore, it has no influence on how hard you have to press.


Scalloping does reduce the fingers' contact with the fretboard, which I guess some people find helps their playing.
#6
The pressure to depress the string is the exact same, scalloped or not.

What you get is less friction -- specifically the friction of the pad(s) of your fingers on the fretboard. The more significant the scallop, the less your finger pads will touch the fretboard. It's all about speed and ease of bends.

The first time I tried a scalloped guitar it was waaaaaaaaay too fast & slinky for me.

I play jumbo frets now though. Not nearly as dramatic, but you can definitely feel the difference between them and smaller frets.
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Quote by Bastard Son
Really? I would say that the lack of having to press down on the neck with force would significantly increase speed imo.

If anything they're harder to play and slow you down if you're not familiar with them. If you press the string down onto the fretboard you will go sharp and out of tune. The whole aim is to keep your finger pad off the fretboard for a lighter touch, however that helps you out.

I've played two different guitars with a scalloped fretboard and just couldn't click with it. Too lavish for me I guess
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#9
i have only played one, didn't like it. if you aren't used to it (like i wasn't) its easy to put just a tinge more pressure on the fret and make the note go sharp, bends are really nice though.

are they useful for some players? yes.
guitarists that are neoclassical? probably would not be a terrible thing.
are they for me personally? hell no.

its preferences.
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If anything they're harder to play and slow you down if you're not familiar with them. If you press the string down onto the fretboard you will go sharp and out of tune. The whole aim is to keep your finger pad off the fretboard for a lighter touch, however that helps you out.

I've played two different guitars with a scalloped fretboard and just couldn't click with it. Too lavish for me I guess


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A thousand times this... It's not a magical BPM-boost, the same as that 'triggers' don't make a drummer insanely fast.

Similar to so many things, isn't it? Giving a person the fastest motorcycle/car doesn't make him faster -- often times slower.

I know for me the Fender Custom Shop Yngwie Malmsteen model I played was completely out of my league/comfort...
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#12
True in a sense, yes, everything has a learning curve.

But, I'm willing to bet (and I think 'he' actually said this himself) Yngwie is just as fast or maybe even faster on a regular neck.

note I'm not an Yngwie fan by any means.