If there was one thing you could change about your sitar, what would it be?
So, as I’ve been updating the site to include this feed-style news page, I figured I would put up another post about the new online store, so it doesn’t get lost. I’m sure you’ve already seen it along the top menu if you’re here, though.
One of the features I’m most proud of is the ability to customize sitar parts. Over the past 20 years I’ve been involved with sitars, I’ve always been disappointed in what dealers had to offer. If and when the time came to replace this and that on my first sitar, often what was available was not much better. It’s really why I got involved in building them: out of necessity. I felt that not only were the choices out there very limited, but also the quality of the craftsmanship was very subpar for what I was paying. So I started building them myself.
When you take a look at the variety and quality of aftermarket parts available to guitar players, that diversity allows each and every player to develop their own unique look and sound, which is something lacking in the sitar world. For the most part, sitars are homogenous across each gharana. Not that standards are bad; far from it. It’s just that there is little room for customization to make one’s sitar not only more comfortable and easier to play, but beautiful in the individual’s eye. After all, we are artists, not soldiers! No need for uniformity!
We each have a unique perspective on the music, and that should be embraced.