Scalloping frets, any advice?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by PasdaBeer, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. PasdaBeer


    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    as the title says, any advice on doing this?

    So far my idea is just jigging up a 1/2 inch cove cutter in my router, and a fence.
  2. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Ask yourself what you really want to gain from this first.
  3. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
  4. And don't scallop the frets. Scallop the fretboard. :D

    (just joking around)
  5. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA

    I second this though. If you're just doing it for looks, knock yourself out. I can't really think of a compelling reason to not just use jumbo frets instead.
  6. mmmm, scallops. A light breading, some lemon juice....

    meedly meedly meedly. ;)
  7. seriously tho, a cove cutter will work, but you also need to match the radius of the fretboard at the same time you're trying to keep it aligned parallel to the frets. were you gonna do the entire fretboard???

    and, as was asked, WHY do you want to do this? Just curious...
  8. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Maybe he feels his neck is too rigid, and wants to make it more flexible and bouncy.
  9. PasdaBeer


    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    just for the blatent attitude bass rip off : P

    And no, not the entire board, just about 1/8 - 3/16s off the upper frets.
  10. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    I don't see the point of doing this on the bass. The bass strings are too stiff to be able to "bend" them down between the frets (the reason scalloping can be useful on the guitar as I understand it)
  11. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Absolutely, as was metioned above jumbo fret wire can easily accomplish the same thing.