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Re: droning questions



I was surprised to see a number of guitars with sympathetic strings in Tin
Pan Alley, (London) the other day. Didn't get any manufacturer's names but
there was a thing calling itself an electric sitar with 12 sympathetic
strings under a Perspex cover and a sitar type bridge. Tuning of the extra
strings was done with a sort of autoharp/dulcimer key. Another type of
guitar ran the sympathetic strings at an angle to the main guitar strings
and under them, where they intersected. It had a protruding pseudo-neck
coming out at an angle along which the sympathetic strings ran. That was
about 300.

Gareth

> In the spirit of the Tueffel and Glisstar thread, is anyone out
> there aware of a manufacturer of electric sitars or guitars with
> additional drone strings?
>
> I've never seen an actual sitar, but from photos it appears
> the drones run under very large D shaped frets, with the melody
> strings passing over the top of the metal arc of the D.
> Is that accurate?  Any DIYers ever try this?
>
> Bill
>