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    Hey guys I'm thinking of buying the edge strat. Not an edge fan at all but a massive Yngwie fan and it's the only strat that I've played with the big headstock that I love the feel of.

    Only problem I ran into was I found doing 1 and a half step bends difficult (which I do a lot). I didn't get why untill I realised I'm used to playing an Ibanez with big frets and a 16 inch radius fretboard. The edge has med Jumbo's and a 9.5 inch radius fretboard so I have two options:

    1) scallop the board which supposedly makes bending and vibrato way easier (I'm weary about doing this as I've never played a scalloped board, there's none near me that I can try and its no going back

    2) get a refret and maybe flatten out the radius. I will at least be certain that I will get it back playing well because it'll be like my ibanez/other fenders that I have liked bending on. Only problem is that new frets plus flattening the board will be mega expensive (correct me if I'm wrong)

    Also - Yngwie uses scallops with huge frets. Scallops with medium Jumbo's should give me that effortless bending thing I hear about right?(sorry if this is a silly question!)

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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    I don't think bigger frets really feel like a scalloped board, but I use a fully scalloped board. I jumped right in, but I would understand that it might be a big risk. I'd suggest getting a cheaper Strat and buying a Warmoth scalloped neck. You could always sell both.
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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    Go for the scalloped fretboard! You'll love it!

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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    I don't think bigger frets really feel like a scalloped board, but I use a fully scalloped board. I jumped right in, but I would understand that it might be a big risk. I'd suggest getting a cheaper Strat and buying a Warmoth scalloped neck. You could always sell both.
    +1 to going with a cheaper Strat and a neck that fits your needs - nothing particularly special about the Edge Strat as soon as you start replacing parts.


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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    Your third option is to raise the action.

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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    Thing is, a scalloped board is really its own thing. I think it would be more popular if it weren't tied to a polarizing person like Yngwie (although John McLaughlin was my inspiration). Once people feel how easy it is to bend on a scalloped board (if your style depends on that), it is hard to go back to a regular one.
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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    I have kinda liked the scalloped boards I've played, but they're very different feeling than playing even the biggest jumbo frets. It's enough of a difference that switching between the two would require a bit of adjustment.
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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    The 4th option would be to get a neck with the attributes you like, and then that way if you decide to switch away from it later you won't have committed an irreversible mod on a nice guitar, and the original neck will be intact.

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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    If the radius is making the bends choke with the action you want, then only a flatter radius will help.

    In that case then simply buying a new neck already with the radius/scallop + frets you want would be the better option.

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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    I was going to build a warmth strat exactly the way I wanted it but I live in the UK and shipping costs plus having to sell them. Ik I sound lazy but it's a lot of effort. The edge is cool cos of the thin neck, headstock shape, 2 point trem and recessed heel joint. You don't really get all those features together. From what I hear scalloping seems like a good way to go. I'm sure I could learn to adapt to having a light touch with chords.

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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    Be careful of scalloping on such a thin neck- make sure you trust the person doing it, and they have experience with those necks.
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    Default Re: Fender edge strat - scallop Vs refret?

    Sounds like that is not the Strat for you. Too much monkey business required to get it how you want.

    Try an older G&L, from the days when they used 12" radius boards and big frets as their standard.
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