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Electric Sitar : What is it?

Electric Sitars

An electric sitar is an electrical guitar made up of a six strings and a standard fretboard. It produces a sound similar to the sitar, a South Asian musical instrument. It is played by strumming or plucking its strings. Its sympathetic strings, lipstick pickup, and buzz bridge all contribute to its distinctive sound. It is popularly used in jazz, pop, fusion, and modern rock music.

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Types of Electric Sitars

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Kinds of Electric Sitars include the following:

Hollow electric sitar

  • A hollow electric sitar has a hollow body made of wood.
  • Its neck is made of bolt-on, hard maple wood.
  • It comes with a buzz bridge and controls for tone and volume.


Solid electric sitar

  • A solid electric sitar has a solid body made of durable rosewood.
  • Its neck is made of bolt-on, hard maple wood with an optional mini-harp.
  • It comes with a die-cast machine head, a buzz bridge, a lipstick pick-up, dot inlays, and volume and tone controls.
  • It has 22 frets.


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Choosing Electric Sitars (Buying tips)

Skill level: If you are a beginner, look for an inexpensive yet durable electric sitar. You can opt for a more complex and expensive instrument as you get better. Consult your retailer for the available budget options.

Body style:
If you want to have many effects, high amplification, and extended sustains, choose an electric sitar with a solid body. To get the softer and more subtle sound of an acoustic sitar, choose a hollow electric sitar.

Pick-up:
To create a variety of sounds such as fusion and psychedelic, choose an electric sitar with three pick-ups. Each pick-up should have its own set of tone and volume controls.

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