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  • Affordable Scalloped Fret Guitar?

    Anyone know of a company that produces stock scalloped guitars that don't cost too much? I used to have a YM fender that i absolutely loved, but i had to sell it a while back. I'm kind of hoping to get something mid-range like a 3-500 and then build it up with upgrades when i get the chance.
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  • #2
    I've never seen an affordable guitar with a stock scalloped neck. I don't imagine it being terribly difficult to do yourself though if you take your time and do a little research

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    • #3
      Yeah i did check on that, I'm leaning that way right now but it's pretty time consuming. I'd rather get a midway axe already done up if possible
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      • #4
        Not going to happen. Scalloped guitars are expensive.

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        • #5
          Grassroots G-SE-48S/C is the cheapest model I have ever seen. Even then, you'll have to import it.

          http://global.rakuten.com/en/search?k=G-SE-48S/C&tl=&fs=1&sm=2

          Still, about as cheap as you're going to get.
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          • #6
            You can buy a scalloped neck from Warmoth for about $250 - $300 and it can tell you they are quality necks. Stick it on the strat of your choice and your there for the mere fraction of an Fender YJM strat. Beware of buying home made scalloped necks. I actually did a half scallop on a Warmoth myself which came out very nice but it did have problems later on with some frets raising up. A factory scallop is done before the frets are put on.
            BTY, I own a YJM signature as well as my Warmoth 1/2 scallop.....love them!
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            • #7
              Just refret a neck with super jumbo frets. It has the exact same effect of your fingers not touching the fretboard.
              I've refretted maybe 10 of my necks with the largest frets I could buy and they are great for bending notes.
              You do need to get used to not relying on the fretboard for finger pressure though.

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              • #8
                A few sizes of wooden dowels, a few different grits of sandpaper and a wood rasp. All that plus a little elbow grease is all you need to make it happen. Plus a little self control to keep you from digging all the way through the fretboard. I did my first one nearly 20 years ago and it turned out very nicely.
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                • #9
                  Just refret a neck with super jumbo frets. It has the exact same effect of your fingers not touching the fretboard.
                  I've refretted maybe 10 of my necks with the largest frets I could buy and they are great for bending notes.
                  You do need to get used to not relying on the fretboard for finger pressure though.


                  Sonically, yes but I hear it's a different feel (I've never played a scalloped neck before). I too have huge frets on my Warmoth neck and I love it.
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                  • #10
                    look for a used MIJ Yngwie Strat or Blackmore. A guy I went to highschool with has been playing his MIJ Yngwie for like 20 years and loves it.

                    Funny, his once cheapo rig a MIJ Yngwie and a original Grey DOD250 go for big bucks now haha
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                    • #11
                      Sonically, yes but I hear it's a different feel (I've never played a scalloped neck before). I too have huge frets on my Warmoth neck and I love it.


                      I've owned scalloped boards and I've owned super jumbo frets before, and there is a difference. Scallops are a lot of fun. Give it a shot, and I bet you'll do just fine. Just don't throw a Dremel at it, or else this could happen:



                      (I can't see Photobucket here at work, so I'm posting from a quote of the photo I want to show you.. It should be a really fubarr'd scallop job..)
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                      • #12
                        I've owned scalloped boards and I've owned super jumbo frets before, and there is a difference. Scallops are a lot of fun. Give it a shot, and I bet you'll do just fine. Just don't throw a Dremel at it, or else this could happen:



                        (I can't see Photobucket here at work, so I'm posting from a quote of the photo I want to show you.. It should be a really fubarr'd scallop job..)


                        That's what mine originally turned out to be :x but after a few years, I got the skills to restore it. i've got some nice frets on it, refined the fretboard, smoothed it all out. It's a cool guitar. If you use a dremel, tape the frets like 900 times, or remove them and get some refretting tools.
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                        • #13
                          Wood rasp first, dowels with sandpaper wrapped around them, then sandpaper around your finger.. That is the correct order of operations for this job. Power tools will go badly, quickly.
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                            RaVenCAD wrote:
                            Wood rasp first, dowels with sandpaper wrapped around them, then sandpaper around your finger.. That is the correct order of operations for this job. Power tools will go badly, quickly.

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                        • #14
                          Wood rasp first, dowels with sandpaper wrapped around them, then sandpaper around your finger.. That is the correct order of operations for this job. Power tools will go badly, quickly.


                          Agreed. It takes forever, but it's worth it.
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                          • #15
                            One from Warmoth or check Ebay..there was a company that did it on your existing neck but i cant find them now....JMO get a MIM Strat and pick any one of these http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=scalloped&_sacat=41423&_odkw=&_osacat= 41423&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1311
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