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Old January 31st, 2010, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sitar Telecaster Bridge

What in the wide,wide world of sports is going on here?

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Old January 31st, 2010, 11:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Take me back to the 80's and the 5 pound brass bridges..

there's a reason why you don't see such nonsense anymore, and it's not that they were so good, the Hunt Brothers bought 'em all up to corner the market in massive bridges.


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Old January 31st, 2010, 03:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh dear, I appear to be old enough to remember those things.

The saddle is the rear edge, the front gets raised so the string buzzes on it. We used to just wedge 'things' in front of the bridge. Novelties and abominations. The Hunt Brothers probably did the world a great service. ;-)
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Why would anyone want a telecaster to sound like a sitar?
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i want a tele that sounds like a sitar.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i want a tele that sounds like a sitar.

That's funny, because I want a sitar that sounds like a Tele !


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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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There was a thread on this exact same subject (same eBayer, probably!) a couple of months ago.

IIRC, none of the members here actually owned such a bridge, but I think the concept looks interesting.

Maybe I'll try one when I've got money to burn.....
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No bids on eBay. Yup. The trouble with a Tele sitar is that you plug that thing into a Marshall stack and then your singing can't keep up:

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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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No bids on eBay. Yup. The trouble with a Tele sitar is that you plug that thing into a Marshall stack and then your singing can't keep up:






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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nice one,Bigdaddy.Laughed my socks off.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Why would anyone want a telecaster to sound like a sitar?
So you could cut hit records like Eric Burdon and the Animals' "Monterey", Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made To Love Her" (played by Eddie Willis), B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling" (played by Reggie Young), or The Spinners' "It's A Shame"??

I want one too....
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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No bids on eBay. Yup. The trouble with a Tele sitar is that you plug that thing into a Marshall stack and then your singing can't keep up:

Is that guy in the picture Raffi Shankar?
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Sitar Tele bridge? Why not! Fareed Haque uses a sitar-type bridge to great effect:

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Your sitar-guitar is also prominent on the new album.

Itís a fascinating instrument because it integrates the modal concepts of Indian music and the harmonic concepts of 12 keys, which you canít play on most traditional Indian instruments. A regular sitar is usually fretted diatonically, not chromatically, so you have seven frets per octave, rather than 12. When you play a sitar, itís not like youíre limiting yourself to seven notes, but rather there are no other notes there, period. However, I wanted to have some of the sitarís properties at my disposal, so Kim Schwartz and I collaborated on a guitar that has a standard 6-string neck, a sitar bridge, 13 sympathetic drone- and bass-drone strings, and a Bill Lawrence pickup.

The sitar bridge is made of a piece of bone, tapered away from the strings, that purposefully creates a rattling and buzzing sound. The harder you play it, the louder it buzzes. Itís an expressive device that lets you find a richness in harmonic overtones thatís not unlike the distortion created when you take a Fender Deluxe amp and turn it up to 10. The buzz gives you an acoustic property, but with electric guitar-isms, in that you can bend notes and have great sustain. The drone strings are wonderful because they provide their own reverb. I can tune them to whatever key Iím in, and theyíll resonate beautifully when I play. The instrument also amplifies well. Any effect I use on an electric guitar works on it. Itís a real workhorse. I can use it in any context, and it flies.
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