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I was watching the musician's channel the other day, and Jamie Humphries was talking about scales and theory, and mentioned something about Steve claiming he'd made up his own scale a few years back, called something like the 'Xiaver' scale?

Has anyone else heard anything about this?
 

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The name of the scale is Xavian. That scale can´t be played in a common guitar because it´s divided in 16 exact parts. Steve asked ibanez for a fretless guitar to play it. I think they made the triple neck jem for him. You can hear that scale at the song down deep into the pain (Sex and Religion album).
 

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I´ve found the guitar. It´s in the page 3, third line, first guitar. Just under green meanie. Anyways it´s a fretless axe. Steve wanted a triple neck to start the shows with "Earthdweller´s return", which needs a fretless guitar and inmediately start "here and now".
 

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Doh! You guys have helped me find a little error on the guitar pages. There is no actual page for the Ripley 16-fret per octave guitar. It incorreclt links to the DeMini guitar. I have a lot of work to do to the guitar pages, and I'll fix this error as soon as possible.

The Euphor was right. It is the guitar on row 3, on the far right.

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vy100 said:
I´ve found the guitar. It´s in the page 3, third line, first guitar. Just under green meanie. Anyways it´s a fretless axe. Steve wanted a triple neck to start the shows with "Earthdweller´s return", which needs a fretless guitar.
Does it? I could of sworn I remember Steve playing the main phrase from it at the end of the Attitude Song on the Live in London DVD.
 

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You can play that on a common guitar of course (I have done that lots of times on my 555), but with a freetless guitar you can create a continous sound, not thinking in the steps of the scale. I don´t know how to explain that in english, but the only thing you have to do is think that between a natural note, for example a G to a G# there are lots of little degrees that you can´t find in a guitar with frets. Making a slide from a B to a E in a fretless guitar as Steve does in that song, take all that notes out, sounding continious and aetherial.
 

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Doh! You guys have helped me find a little error on the guitar pages. There is no actual page for the Ripley 16-fret per octave guitar. It incorreclt links to the DeMini guitar. I have a lot of work to do to the guitar pages, and I'll fix this error as soon as possible.

The Euphor was right. It is the guitar on row 3, on the far right.

Mikey
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Thatk you Mike! It´s the one under the heart tripleneck, doesn´t it? It´s a guitar with frets and I wasn´t wright.
 

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Good thing the original dots still are intact so you can navigate safely! :lol:

Interesting though. Many fretless guys also got half the neck fretted (the lower half ;)). Seems to be a fairly big underground thing in the guitarworld.
 
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