How to scallop a guitar neck is a popular question among many guitarists because of the positive effects it can have on the playability of your guitar. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t really difficult as it is time consuming but there one thing you should know about a scalloped guitar neck.
To scallop a guitar neck, you will need:
- Sander with 1/8 inch bit
- Sand paper for both sander and manual (60 grit and 210 grit)
- Razor blade
- Can of compressed air
- Start by taking off the strings of your guitar and covering all of the electronics such as the pickups and volume/ tone controls, etc. This will prevent and wood dust getting into the major components of the guitar and harming your electronics.
- Next, cover the fret wire with the tape and cut an outline of the fret wire with the razor blade. This will allow you to keep everything clean while you’re setting the frets of the guitar.
- Take the sander and the 60 grit paper and sand down the frets to about a half an inch above where you actually want them to be. This will keep you from accidentally going to low on the fret and possibly screwing up your neck. Tip: Make sure not to go to low because on some lower model guitars, the dot inlays could be take off completely! The inlays on the side of the guitar are a good reference point for where not to go by!
- Replace the 60 grit paper with the 210 grit paper and fine sand your neck to the height you want. Be sure to once again not accidentally go to low with the 210 grit sandpaper!
- Clean up your guitar and have fun jamming on your now-scalloped neck! For quick cleanup I suggest a can of compressed air!
Warning: Scalloping your guitar neck makes it much easier to fret notes and do bends, but it makes it very difficult to play chords. Keep this in mind before doing the scalloping!