DIY fretboard scalloping

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This is a step-by-step guide to scalloping your fretboard. Scalloping is the removal of wood between the frets (usually from fret 14 upwards). Some players, like Yngwie Malmsteen, favour a scalloped fretboard as it is supposed to make it easier to play fast.

The tools needed are: a round file and sandpaper for wood removal and a Dremel for polishing.

Link: DIY guide to fretboard scalloping


DIY fret scalloping

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Scalloping does not make it easier to play fast. Yngwie even said that a scalloped fretboard makes playing fast more difficult, and that it requires a much lighter touch. What it does do, is making it easier to grab the strings for bending.