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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by castpolymer, Apr 26, 2010.
I am intrigued by this weird pedal. Anyone own one or played one?
I am the owner of a sitar swami.
Why am I not surprised? How do you like it? I think I am going to procure it for a few Echo and the Bunnymen songs I like to play. Any feedback on the pedal would be greatly appreciated.
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Where's the hole to hold the incense stick?
I want one.
it does not sound like a sitar. I think it is one of the most widely slammed pedals of all time. I bought every one of the danelectro pedals along the way or got them as gifts.
I got the swami as a gift. I've heard you can get sitar sounds from it. I think the guys who are successful at it also have chemical intervention to aid in their perception.
it is a weird, octave, splatter, ring modulator thing... like a jet taking off with the bomb going off as it gains altitude. really you can only play one string at a time (maybe two) without just a freakout....
I like the pedal and won't ever sell it, but it is a very 'once in a while' type thing....
if you want a good sitar sound without buying a sitar, get an old variax. the sitar sounds in those are perfect.
You can also get a sitar like sound by using an Octavia-type pedal. Use the bridge pickup, turn the guitar's volume down some and play right at the bridge.
I've heard this does a decent sitar sound, discontinued, if you can still find one. There is a clip of it here:
I want one just because of the way it looks.
a man after my own heart!
All the 'big' dano pedals are pretty cool (and mostly really good too) the reverse delay and the swam are the least useful, but I dig them.
you can find them pretty cheap used.
Why would they call it a "Sitar Swami" if it doesn't sound anything like a Sitar? That is just dishonest marketing.
I was ready to break out that bag of weed that has been in my toolbox for 20 years.
I dunno... maybe because a screaming tree doesn't sound like a tree screaming or a swollen pickle doesn't sound like a...
there were several people who thought you could buy a sitar AND a swami for 79.00 and were suprised when it wasn't. Lots of people have been upset that the 149.00 fender deluxe reverb pedal doesn't sound that much like a deluxe reverb if you are plugging it into a gorilla (animal or amp)
I will say that based on how it DOES sound, you might want to break out that bag anyway... it will trip a brotha out.
Were people upset about the Love Pedal because they couldn't.............Oh nevermind.
actually, I have heard (only rumor) that the people who bought that actually did 'fit' in the input jack...
they were also rumored to drive hummers while being harangued by shrewish spouses.
i had one and very badly wanted to use it on SOMETHING... ANYTHING. i think, i did, in fact, use it on about 2 seconds of a solo in the studio before shipping it back to musician's friend. in my opinion, it was a big piece o' crap. the reverse delay (what i exchanged for) was a lot more useful in the not very useful at all category of pedals. at least that one you could sorta do a backwards sounding thing. the swami... i have no idea what the hell it was SUPPOSED to do. really sounded like a big mess. to each his own. peace.
Bob Moricz - Danelectro Sitar Swami... :grin:
Has anyone tried the Swami with just a clean boost? It seems that might alleviate the volume drop issue that the gentleman in the video ( #2 ) brought up.
okay, I'm gonna have to record something with mine....
i dig this guys videos (he seems like the kind of crazy neighbor I'd like)
but, I can get mine to sound kind of cool....
he needs to use the supplied slide with it too...
I thought he did a good job of demonstrating why most people don't like it..
Don't you have the Catalinbread Teaser Stallion....
Damn, that pedal is annoying.
Some years ago, I had a Dano/Silvertone sitting around that I wasn't playing much and took it to a luthier who made it into a 'sitar'. Basically, he replaced the slim wooden piece on the bridge with a big, flat block of ebony... that buzzed just like a 'sitar'. Cost all of $20 to do.
I used it for some recordings, then swapped the old piece back onto the bridge to sell it.