#1
so I was lookin' around in the customizing forum and I noticed some people filed down the spaces between the frets.

What kid of difference in sound does that make and does it make it easier to play?

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about (compliments to Tombo32.. but if he wants me to remove them, I will)

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#2
It's called "scalloping" and no, it doesn't necessarily make it easier to play, but it makes bends easier.
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#3
dang thats some NICE scalloping! and +1 to Dirk, he knows what hes talking about lol.
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It's called "scalloping" and no, it doesn't necessarily make it easier to play, but it makes bends easier.


really? I thought it had the opposite effect but it just made for faster action, am i totally wrong?
#6
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really? I thought it had the opposite effect but it just made for faster action, am i totally wrong?



It does make bends easier and, in a way, it can make the guitar easier to play because you only need a very light touch in order to fret notes. The down side is that most of us press too hard out of habit, especially with chords, and this makes the notes/chords go sharp.

Now having said that, there are many ways to do a scallop that can reduce or eliminate what I just mentioned. Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple had what is termed a half-barre where only the bottom section of the fret (for frets 1-14) is scalloped, then a full scallop the rest of the way. Here are some pics: http://www.mijfenders.com/frmRBGalleryLinks.htm

Yngwie Malmsteen is well known for playing a neck with full scallops at every fret. This type causes people more problems with going sharp. Again some pics: http://www.mijfenders.com/frmYJMGalleryLinks.htm

Some people swear by scalloping, others absolutely hate it and would tell you to never do it. I am pretty sure that those that hate it have never given it a fair chance or have not tried playing a guitar with a well-done half-barre scallop. In any case, I would definitely tell you not to have it done to a true vintage neck - get another neck you could swap out and try it with that one.

Probably more info than you wanted, but I do scalloping for people and have a few scalloped guitars and I love them. They are fun to play and the hands don't get tired as fast.

Hope that helps. Good luck.