I love the soung of a sitar and I've been trying to emulate the sound on my acoustic guitar. On real sitars, there is a "platform" of sorts that is put right by the bridge under the strings so, when plucked, the strings give that characterstic buzz.
Does anyone have any experience with the "buzz bridges" that you can install on guitars? I'd like to try one on my acoustic, but it seems to be a permanent modification to attach this to the body of the guitar. I'm trying to look around the net for these, but it would be great to here some info on attaching one to a guitarand how it sounds. Thanks!
- paul donnelly
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Luckily, there's a cheap way to get the same tone. You just graze the string gently with your palm to make it buzz. It takes a good deal of finesse, but I think that with practice you should be able to accomplish the effect with the same amount of sustain a sitar has. As a bonus, it works on anything with strings (that's a lie; it's not so effective on bass strings).
It might be cool to make a hard surface you could put on your hand to touch the strings with. You might be able to get an even more striking tone.