Played a malmsteen strat today

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  1. dlew919

    dlew919 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Student of mine has one. She wanted to play my tele so we swapped for th lesson.

    Impressions - beautiful instrument. Light. Seemed half the weight of my Nashville. Is it basswood or pine?

    Pickups. Seemed weak on the high e but I suspect it needs a setup. Not great clean, but that’s not the point. Responsive though. Not bad clean though. Not sure about the three way pickup. But it’s fine.

    Neck. Once you get used to the scallops by golly is it fast. The brass nut gives sustain and a nice tone.

    Tuning keys were great and it held its tune nicely.

    All in all a very fine instrument. If I was into playing that style I’d certainly want one. As it was it was fun to play and seems good value for the price.


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    Always wanted to try one
     
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    I remember having a scalloped neck (only the last few frets though) on a little LAG guitar 25 years ago. Did not keep this guitar for very long, and can’t really remember the feel. I’d sure like to try a scalloped neck again.
     
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    I've always wondered how scalloped frets would affect my playing/intonation. Also, I think Malmsteen still prefers low-output pickups (he used to use DiMarzio HS pickups which I've had and they're awesome, especially for recording). I remember the cleans being very nice with the DiMarzios.
     
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    You have to be light with the touch. Which is good practice anyway. But once you have it. It’s good.


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    I made a scalloped neck once but my ham-fisted grip just didn't work.
    Supposedly, I've read, a light touch is something that cannot be learned. I'm inclined to believe it.
     
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    I always seem to play leads better on a scalloped fretboard. I think it has to do with being forced to play light and the extra grip my fingers get on the strings. Chording takes a bit to get used to, but overall scalloped fretboards are a joy. I have never played the malmsteen strat but I got to play a Grosh S-type with a scalloped board. What a treat!
     
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    I have an RB sig Strat and the graduated scalloping is awesome! I already have a light touch, so I only noticed the difference when doing finger vibrato or bends. It was my first time playing this type of fretboard, but I was pretty sure I was gonna like it before bought it based on how I play.

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    Are your fingertips still smoldering?
     
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    I don’t know ... I had a tight grip and over the years I have made a concerted effort to loosen it. Seems to be working ?


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    My buddy has a Univox LP copy that survived a fire ...

    Melted all the big fretboard inlays and left big holes ...

    So it's a partially scalloped neck ...

    40 + years later he still plays it ...

    And sounds great ...
     
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