I just got a great deal on new maple fretboard strat neck and can't justify buying another custom neck just to get scallops. I'm wondering if I might as well just start sanding. Is this doable/advisable?
Having done several, I would offer the following:
It doesn’t take too much to be too deep. Most people do and it brings out all sorts of anomalies in the neck. Having done many by hand, I feel it’s best now a days to just pay for it. Warmoth starts with a full 1/4” thick slab for the fingerboard and their process is precise.
I’ve seen some necks that played wonderfully before to be wavy afterwards, and I’ve seen other necks develop this really bad low resonant frequency.
Don’t go too deep, try it before you decide to go deeper and take some time to let it acclimate under string tension for a few days before you do the full setup on it. TApe off the frets before you go and be careful otherwise you’ll have to do a full level/crown/dress again and it’s no fun to do that on a scalloped neck.
bro u can totally diy it yourself, just don't go so deep that you reveal the side dots through the top of the fingerboard, trust me, those side dots are longer than u think. They're like rods, why they gotta be so long? anyway that's the biggest risk imo, have fun