#1
So I was sitting here listening to ASIWYFA and Infant Annihilator when an idea dawned on me that made me timbers shivery. WHAT iF! hear me out now... you tuned a seven string guitar to the tuning of a sitar's 7 main strings (FCGCGCC) Thoughts? Opinions? What I am asking is, does anyone have an extra seven string guitar that they could try this out on and maybe perhaps record said seven string and upload it onto a popular video site such as Youtube? Maybe play some leads over a sitar backtrack, I know a great guitar scale dictionary.. "http://www.rozengain.com/guitar-scales/" Also, what gauge strings would such a tuning require? I don't think anything like this has been done before because I've been searching for it.
#2
I can't really see the point...an instrument that sounds like a sitar but plays like a guitar offers a lot of craziness...but something with such a limiting tuning that just sounds like a guitar just...seems pointless.

As for string gauges...on a normal 7 string scale length, 80, 56, 42, 28, 16, 12, 12? Idk
#3
I'm in the "Not Sure I See The Point" group. I have a couple of guitars that actually do sitar sounds (Variax) and might even have one of the old Coral/Danelectro electric sitars sitting around here, but an ordinary FCG tuning doesn't really bring much to the party.
#4
Quote by dspellman
I'm in the "Not Sure I See The Point" group. I have a couple of guitars that actually do sitar sounds (Variax) and might even have one of the old Coral/Danelectro electric sitars sitting around here, but an ordinary FCG tuning doesn't really bring much to the party.


Hnnnnnng, I'd kill for one of those old corals, that sitar part in Freak Show Excess, HNNNNNG
#5
Quote by Velcro Man
Hnnnnnng, I'd kill for one of those old corals, that sitar part in Freak Show Excess, HNNNNNG


I've been working on bits of that cut myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFowXaMFPCg&feature=kp

His inspiration, oddly enough, came from Ivo Papazov's bulgarian wedding band (!).

Picked up the Coral for $50 with case, virtually untouched, a long time back. At that point, its use in most music was limited to the occasional bit in a TV sound track psychedelic flashback or a commercial that needed that effect. Now, somehow, they're stupid money (though you can actually get a very similar piece from Rondo Music, complete with 13 sympathetic strings, Gotoh Buzz Bridge and a hollow masonite body). Sometimes Kurt has them in stock, sometimes you have to wait a few months. They seem to come in lumps:

http://www.rondomusic.com/sitar.html

Last edited by dspellman at Feb 8, 2014,
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Quote by dspellman
I've been working on bits of that cut myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFowXaMFPCg&feature=kp

His inspiration, oddly enough, came from Ivo Papazov's bulgarian wedding band (!).

Picked up the Coral for $50 with case, virtually untouched, a long time back. At that point, its use in most music was limited to the occasional bit in a TV sound track psychedelic flashback or a commercial that needed that effect. Now, somehow, they're stupid money (though you can actually get a very similar piece from Rondo Music, complete with 13 sympathetic strings, Gotoh Buzz Bridge and a hollow masonite body). Sometimes Kurt has them in stock, sometimes you have to wait a few months. They seem to come in lumps:

http://www.rondomusic.com/sitar.html



Welp...just found something to add to the ole wish list. Also, it's some how less odd when it's Vai
#7
Quote by Thalls
So I was sitting here listening to ASIWYFA and Infant Annihilator when an idea dawned on me that made me timbers shivery. WHAT iF! hear me out now... you tuned a seven string guitar to the tuning of a sitar's 7 main strings (FCGCGCC) Thoughts? Opinions?


Devin Townsend tuned a 7 string to GCGCGCE for ages, I think there's a fair bit of work using it on the Strapping Young Lad album The New Black and his last Devin Townsend Band record Synchestra.

Quote by Thalls
What I am asking is, does anyone have an extra seven string guitar that they could try this out on and maybe perhaps record said seven string and upload it onto a popular video site such as Youtube? Maybe play some leads over a sitar backtrack.


Wouldn't sound any different to the normal kinds of leads people play, it would just look different.

The thing about sitars that makes them sound the way they do is very little to do with the tuning. Doing it to a guitar wouldn't make you play any differently, you'd just end up playing the same things you do already but in different physical positions. You can make yourself sound more like a sitar player in standard tuning as well, again the obvious example is in Freak Show Excess by Steve Vai.
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