The wood is slightly scooped between the frets. The idea is borrowed from the Indian classical instrument Veena. It's much easier to fret and also to bend. If you fret hard, then the notes wont be accurate when you play. I have played Veena before, so I know it's feel. I just want to experiment the same with my guitar. More over my biggest guitar hero Ritchie Blackmore also has a scalloped fretboard.
bird inlays done in MOP!! ..lol .. yeah true, thats really somethign fancy.
well i agree, if you are going for a custom guitar you have every right to make it cosmetically appealing ... go for the scalloped frets if you want, they wont effect the tone but will make it easier for you to make bends... but a word of warning, you need serious callouses on yur fingers to play scalloped guitars cuz the finger tips take all the pressure,
and i agree with ronnie, go for the best piece of wood that you can, i know its difficult but, ask the experts to do that for you ... tell em "main wood quality per compromise nahee karoon ga!!!!" .. and mean it!!
You dont have much choice. You have to compromise on the wood quality, if you get it done here. I dont think you require serious callous to play a scallopped guitar. I have Veena and never felt the need for it. Infact it's much easier to fret a Veena that to fret a guitar.
Here are 2 pics showing how scalloped frets look like...
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