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Srishti Jaipur electric-ready studio sitar

 ~ gandhar pancham setting ~

6 main strings ~ 12 sympathetics

New from Srishti, this is the same sitar as commissioned and played by Indrajit Banerjee on his non-classical gigs. We did some R&D on this design with a few prototypes before it, the idea was to have a sitar similar in construction to the one played by Niladri Kumar who is quite popular in India and a friend of ours who gave some valuable input. However, we wanted to retain the sympathetic strings and natural sitar tone at the same time as well as being able to go full electric. This requires a thicker construction, you don't want too hollow of a sound for humbucker, etc. use. So we've pretty much nailed it now and happy with the results.

The Jaipur studio is in Gandhar Pancham style, has a brass backed jack but no internal electronics leaving it open to all possibilities. There are a number of choices, it sounds nice enough to play acoustically with a sweet tone, jawari at a lower volume or you can choose from a number of amplification options here or use your own. The 1st and 2nd string are steel, switching back to bronze for the 2nd not an issue if not using a humbucker pickup. Very nice mahogany is being used with synthetic bridges and fitting made from Acrylic. Machine tuners for the mains, traditional pegs for the sympathetics. The case is tight fitting lengthwise being just under 45 inches which enables you to take is on flights in the cabin, I personally tested this having brought it to Hawaii and fits in the overhead nicely with not even a second look from Alask airlines (YMMV of course). So this instrument fits a lot of needs from certain musicians looking to travel and/or expand their music into an electronic avenue.

The tone character is half open jawari, medium action and touch and fully capable of playing both classical and modern styles. We can install almost any type of pickup needed at extra cost. Try a slimline humbucker @ $200 wired in, a PUTW transducer permanently mounted under the bridge or a combination. Feel free to email with your ideas or questions.

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