An electric sitar is a kind of electric guitar designed to mimic the sound of the traditional Indian instrument, the sitar. Depending on the manufacturer and model, these instruments bear varying degrees of resemblance to the traditional sitar. Most resemble the electric guitar in the style of the body and headstock, though some have a body shaped to resemble that of the sitar (such as a model made by Danelectro).
The instrument was developed in the late 1960s at Danelectro By contrast, the electric sitar, with its standard guitar fretboard and tuning, is a more familiar fret arrangement for a guitarist to play. The twangy sitar like tone comes from a flat bridge adding the necessary buzz to the guitar strings. The only problem with this arrangement is that the intonation of the frets is hard to manage. Chords don't sound as well. It is generally considered easy to play a melody, but the luxury of movable frets as in a sitar is missing on the electric sitar. Therefore, its design did not become very popular. It is now more of a curiosity item than a practical instrument.
In addition to the six playing strings, most electric sitars have sympathetic strings, typically located on the left side of the instrument (though some do not have... Read More