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Re: droning questions
Great minds think alike.
> For years I've had the wish to add sympathetic strings to the guitar. The
> I'd imagined this being done would be to use two guitars. The first would
> some sort of pickup for the six (or however many you have !) strings.
> signal would then be fed to another guitar - I think an old acoustic
> well here - maybe a 12-string. This is where my idea needs work, but
> Sustainiac string driver could be adapted. The sound from the first
> applied to the strings of the second one in a controlled way in order to
> sympathetic vibrations - I'd originally thought of doing this by fitting
> guitar with an internal speaker of some kind, but a transducer such as
> sustainiac or a conventional pickup (fed from a preamp) may be persuaded
> in reverse. The sound of the sympathetic strings could then be mixed with
> sound from the first guitar using a conventional pickup on the second
> The advantage of this setup is that you have a greater range of tuning
> longer sympathetic strings, and you can also adjust their volume with
> the main signal. I have a feeling that the original Coral Sitar Guitar
> the strings vibrating using the resonance (?) of the solid body of the
> This would probably work if you were standing next to a 200w stack (which
> set the guitar and your internal organs resonating), but I doubt if they
> any sort of discernible sound in most other situations - I've never
> but I imagine that this is the case.
> As with a lot of my ideas, this has languished without being put into
> mainly because of the need for a suitable string driver in the second
> anybody has any suggestions as to how this could be achieved, I would be
> interested !
> John Mcleod
> James Pokorny wrote:
> > Gareth wrote:
> > >there was a thing calling itself an electric sitar with 12 sympathetic
> > >strings under a Perspex cover and a sitar type bridge.
> > >Tuning of the extra strings was done with a sort of autoharp/dulcimer
> > I've seen this type of guitar and have to chime in (pun fully intended)
> > these type of strings are not truly sympathetic strings. That is, they
> > don't really resonate when the main strings are plucked. I think the
> > intention of that design is to imitate the multiple strings of the
> > However, when they're located too far from the main playing strings
> > won't begin to vibrate spontaneously from the sound of the main
> > feeling is that they're included on this type of instrument to simulate
> > tinkling, cascading zither-like sound called "jhankar" that we
> > with the rapid brushing of the sitar's sympathetic strings. As an
> > this sound used to be exclusively a "tuning check" of these strings and
> > never incorporated into the actual music itself until Pandit Ravi
> > began using it as a sort of punctuation device between phrases or
> > of the raga's development.
> > >Another type of guitar ran the sympathetic strings at an angle to the
> > >guitar strings and under them, where they intersected. It had a
> > >pseudo-neck coming out at an angle along which the sympathetic strings
> > >ran.
> > This instrument sounds as though the additional strings really would
> > "sympathetically" due to their resting beneath the main strings. I'm
> > really sure how effective this would all be on an electric instrument,
> > though, since the pickup would essentially replace the resonator. I
> > half a dozen traditional "ethnic" instruments that use sympathetic
> > and of course, they're all purely acoustic. Most have very thin wooden
> > faces that emphasize a bright sound and rich harmonics, and some of
> > have skin-covered resonators, which also really liven and expand the
> > (think banjo vs guitar). My Indian instruments (sitar, surbahar,
> > also have specific "twanging" bridges for the sympathetic strings that
> > increase their resonance. I've found that on some of these instruments
> > taken a long time (up to 5 years) for the instruments to 'warm up'
> > that the sympathetic strings really begin to "speak." I feel that this
> > due to the density of the wood in the neck along which they run,
> > the main strings. So I wonder how well sympathetic strings would
> > the absence of a resonator?
> > Anyway, my 2 "cents" [monetary, not tuning intervals :-) ]
> > James