A rookie question

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  1. irocdave12

    irocdave12 Senior Member

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    Jun 22, 2011
    I've always been curious about this and never knew the answer. Doesn't just apply to les pauls and in fact I've seen it more on fenders. But what is the purpose of a scalloped fretboard? Why do people do it? Does it offer a benefit? Seems that it would be bad to me and cause out of tune condition when fretting notes? I'm stumped on this.
  2. Malikon

    Malikon Henshin! V.I.P. Member

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    Jan 21, 2010
    it feels nice, all you feel are the strings. Yes if you push down too hard the note will go sharp.
    You really have to play with your ears.
    It also can make your vibrato pretty incredible because you can push down and up and little bit and make it really wide and nice.
    It's a feel thing. Plus there's zero 'drag' of your fingertips across a fretboard, because there's no fretboard to feel. It really feels like 'just strings' and you're manipulating the strings.

    it's pretty cool but definitely takes some getting used to. (I destroyed some necks scalloping them as a kid. :laugh2: ) Get it done professionally if you're going to do it. :laugh2:
  3. LPMarshall Hack

    LPMarshall Hack Senior Member

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    Dec 19, 2009
    Ask Carnada...he builds scalloped fret boards.

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