Scalloping frets, any advice?

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


  1. 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

    Hookus

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

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    +1
     
  4. And don't scallop the frets. Scallop the fretboard. :D

    (just joking around)
     
  5. klocwerk

    klocwerk

    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    bwahahahaha!:D

    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

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

    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

    Hookus

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