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- May 1, 2011
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The instrument is the "Pikasso Guitar" built by Linda Manzer.He's my favorite musician, but I have no idea of which guitar it is I'm a trumpet player.
It's the crazy looking one with multiple necks, tons of strings........a "harp guitar" on steroids you would say.
So, "fan fretting" is also (and more accurately) known as "multiscale". This is alluding to the fact that each string is a different scale length. This largely is concerned with the tonal qualities of the concept, less with the ergonomic.
Look at the set of strings on short stubby "neck" above the main one. See how the string lengths are radically different from each other? This is basically utilizing the "multiscale" concept. Now, there are no frets, so you can't technically say this is "fan fretting". Also, these strings are made to be played like harp strings and are not actually "fretted" with the left hand (although Pat does do so occasionally). But the tonal concept of "fan fretting" or "multiscale" is what Linda was going for in her design here.