#1
Let me preface this with a statement that I know will get me flamed but whatever it's my opinion. I am a big Yngwie Malmsteen fan. That out of the way. I know Yngwie plays with a completely scalloped fretboard but i do not know why. In my extensive guitar life I have never played a scalloped neck, nor can I contemplate what the advantage is. Please UG, I wanna know, what is the advantage of the scallops?

P.S. I'm not trying to play like Yngwie, I got my own thing going. I have wondered this for years and thought some one would know on this site. Thanks in advance, cheers friends!
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#3
Because there's less wood beneath the strings, he doesn't even have to touch the fingerboard, so less pressure needs to be applied and he can play faster. It requires a careful touch though and it's very, very different than traditional fingerboards.
#4
It gives more control with bending. but if your are a heavy handed player it sounds like hell, because your strings will bend outta tune just by pressing down to hard. but ive played a few and it seems to yield alot more control if your shredding it up, but i think its a pain in the arse if im playing chords.
Warmoth does half-scallopped necks. if i wanted scallops i would go that route
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#5
i don't want them, I just didn't know why he used them, I'll stick with a good flat neck
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#8
I wouldn't mind a scalloped neck from 17-24, I played a JEM with scalloped 21-24 and it was different. I liked it but only scalloping those few frets wasn't much of a difference.
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#10
I quite like scalloped fingerboards, I dig in a lot and play a lot of big bends so for me it fels great. Doesn't really make it any harder to play and doesn't feel that much different to the norm really. I wouldn't want to try it with worn-down frets though.

On my S-series I've done them from the 12th fret upwards, and I'll probably do the same to my Tele when I've got a suitable break from gigging. If you ever get the chance go pick up an old cheapo strat copy (with a rosewood board!) and a few round files and have a go yourself. Dead easy to do, suprisingly, and if you like it you might wanting it on all your guitars.
#11
Quote by ValoRhoads
Let me preface this with a statement that I know will get me flamed but whatever it's my opinion. I am a big Yngwie Malmsteen fan.


Right on! People often look at him for face value: superhuman shredding abilities and huge ego.

The fact is, he is a brilliant composer and he knows his shi t like a Baroque or Classical era master.

^probably gonna get me flamed
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#12
Quote by kyle62
I quite like scalloped fingerboards, I dig in a lot and play a lot of big bends so for me it fels great. Doesn't really make it any harder to play and doesn't feel that much different to the norm really. I wouldn't want to try it with worn-down frets though.

On my S-series I've done them from the 12th fret upwards, and I'll probably do the same to my Tele when I've got a suitable break from gigging. If you ever get the chance go pick up an old cheapo strat copy (with a rosewood board!) and a few round files and have a go yourself. Dead easy to do, suprisingly, and if you like it you might wanting it on all your guitars.



Maybe I will, gotta love cheapo strats, they are a dime a dozen and easy to upgrade!
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#13
I tried his signature strat and it was pretty neat. Definitely don't need much pressure at all, but playing chords is a pain in the butt. Really gotta get used to using a very light touch though. Too much pressure is pretty much the same as bending a string and you can get some really off notes until you finally get used to it.
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#14
Sucks for Rhythm, very nice for playing fast with. Seemed to give me a lot of control, and speed.
#15
I like it very much. Very controlable bends, and lighter touch. But I think I like flat fretboards just as much :p. As long as the frets are jumbo.
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