About Carbon Sitars:

black, pink, and green sitar

Carbon Sitars was founded in 2013 with one goal in mind: to build a great-sounding and very durable sitar.

Because of the growing demand for sitars, the western market has been flooded with cheap instruments constructed with inferior materials and poor craftsmanship which often arrive in nearly unplayable condition, discouraging most students from ever studying seriously. Carbon Sitars solves this problem, and more.

Our unique all-carbon fiber body eliminates three key weak areas of the sitar: the lower tumba, neck joint, and the neck itself. These joints are prone to cracking and splitting, which can cause major warpage or even make the instrument unplayable.

Traditional sitars utilize tension-held tuning pegs. Two holes are drilled completely through the neck, and the long wooden peg is chalked and pushed into the hole. This design is prone to slippage and detuning of the string. After regular use, these pegs lose their ability to hold tension effectively, and must be taken out, lightly sanded and chalked, and then put back in. In addition, through years of use, the pegs can produce cracks in the neck, if the player is not careful with how far they are pushed in. We've solved the problem by using an internal rail which grips the pegs without damaging them (it's our trade secret as to how it works). Additionally, our bodies only require one hole, creating a completely smooth neck on the side where a player's hand touches the neck. It's smoother and easier to glide up and down the neck.

Function isn't the only consideration when purchasing a sitar; beauty is important as well. Our designs bring the sitar into the 21st century. Available in an array of amazing designs, our sitars are objects of beauty in their own right, as well as being ultra-tough.

About Harry

sitar luthier harry shaffer

Harry Shaffer has been doing lutherie work since 1986, when he began designing plywood guitars as a child. He first discovered his fascination with the sitar and the music of India in 1993, and began playing in 1995 after acquiring a no-name sitar from India. Because of his frustrating experiences with his first sitar, he put his lutherie skills to work and began ripping sitars apart in order to figure out how to make them work better. In 2013 he founded Carbon Sitars, based in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Kiere and their dog Eleanor. He currently studies sitar with Maestro Indrajit Banerjee.