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I have never seen anything like this before. An extended fretboard in the nut direction. With a floating trem! Cosmic. I wonder what it sounds like? Or what the tuning would be? Or the string gauge?!

http://page18.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/w156163263

(Used) sago seed kotetsu white Makoto Sakuramura guitar

Edit - I found out some more info. Also available in black it seems;

Japanese instruments band Machiya (Makoto Sakuramura) supervision model
SCALE: 839㎜ (29F)
Body: Basswood
Neck: Hard Maple
Tuning: B / E / A / D / F # / B

More info here;

http://sago-nmg.com/seed/kotetsu/
 

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There is a JEM with two extra frets below the normal fretboard, tuned to D. Only one made, and Vai has it (I guess still).

It's not really any different than guitars with longer scale, is it?
 

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There is a JEM with two extra frets below the normal fretboard, tuned to D. Only one made, and Vai has it (I guess still).

It's not really any different than guitars with longer scale, is it?
Well maybe the scale length is similar for a seven / eight / nine string guitar, I'm not sure, but for a 'regular' six string this has four extra frets below normal which equals 5 semitones lower than normal. That's pretty unusual, no? The video with the dude playing then changing capo positions is pretty funky. Anyway, I'd be interested to try one out for fun.
 

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The frets work like a "C extension" on a double bass. Steve Vai's 7 string baritone DNA one-off and the white guitar are built following similar schools of thought.
 
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