#1
My friend and I have been looking for away to get a sitar sound out of a guitar. We want to get that psychedelic Beatles tone.

Are there any ways to do so, short of buying an actual sitar?
Are there any scales, tones, or sitar tabs for this?
#2
To be honest; chances are that if The Beatles had a sitar sound then they were either using a sitar or an electric sitar.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-STR1-Pro-Electric-Sitar-Guitar?sku=519273

I'm not sure how else you would get a decent sitar-like sound out of a guitar short of installing a guitar synth.

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#3
You could try scalloped frets. That would allow for all sorts of far-eastern bending effects.
#4
im to busy to find it, but look for the ultimate tunings thread.. it has one i believe.. and you may be able to use the harmonic minor scale
#6
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im to busy to find it, but look for the ultimate tunings thread.. it has one i believe.. and you may be able to use the harmonic minor scale


+1

Harmonic minor. Maybe Phrygian scale.
#8
Acoustic guitar, metal thumbpick, metal slide. Closest thing you're likely to get to a sitar: all that metal gets you the buzz, and the slide lets you hit the microtones that are so important in Indian music.

If I get around to restringing my acoustic, I can record you a demo. PM me if you're interested.
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#9
If you'd want to buy a pedal for it, there actually is one that produces an excellent sitar sound. It's called "The Weapon", the signature Dan Donegan pedal. If nothing else works, give it a look.
#10
Yeah, The Weapon is actually a pretty awesome sitar simulator. I've tried it once or twice. The distortion is also pretty good on it. Heres the link. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/DigiTech-The-Weapon-Guitar-Effects-Pedal?sku=150849