For those of you who don't know, scalloping guitar frets involves sanding down the fretboard between the frets. I won't be held responsible for irreversible damage done to the fretboard.
So first things first, do you really want to do this?
- Bends are easier due to decreased friction between your finger and the fretboard
- Strings respond to a lighter touch when fretting a note.
- BUT if to much pressure is applied the not goes out of tune.
Its something to get used to and it took me some time to finally decide to do this. But if you have been playing for a while, it should not be too big of a deal to adjust to.
Step 1: Gather Materials
Things you need
-Guitar- mine is an Epiphone Les Paul Special II which came in a guitar pack with an amp. Not the best guitar in the world. This is for practice before I maim my more expensive guitar.
- A round file-
- Various grits of sandpaper
- Masking tape- to protect the frets
- Some patience- I scalloped frets 17-22 and the whole project took me, at the most, 2 hours. Your results may vary.
Step 2: Prep Work
Obviously the first thing to do is remove the strings. I also took the neck off to avoid horribly scratching my guitar's paint job. Next, cover the metal frets with masking tape and cut of the excess. Then decide how deep you wan the scallop. I pretty much eyeballed it while I was filing and it worked out fine. Any suggestions in this area would be appreciated.
Step 3: Start Filing
Now,slowly start filing away at the wood. The scallop needs to be a tad bit deeper for the high e string, and more shallow for the low E string. Also, make sure the scallop stays smooth and even. Check the scallop every so often and smooth it out using a rough grit sandpaper. Do each fret like this until you have scalloped however many frets you choose.
Step 4: Clean-up
After scalloping my five frets with the file and the rough grit sandpaper, I smoothed it with smoother and smoother grits of sandpaper and finally ending with 1200 grit. Then, I cleaned the neck with some and put some lemon oil on it and it was good to go.
Now plug in and play.
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