Removing low sa.

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StVitus
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Removing low sa.

Post by StVitus » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:22 pm

I’m generally annoyed with the sound of the low sa string on my sitar and thinking about just removing it. Are there any drawbacks to not having it there? I assume this isn’t going to warp the neck since the same bodies are used for RS and VK style sitars.

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nicneufeld
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Re: Removing low sa.

Post by nicneufeld » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:31 pm

Come to the gandhar pancham side! :twisted:

Seriously though, I've changed two sitars that were originally in KP stringing to a GP stringing with virtually no fuss/work. Might have gotten lucky that it just strung up and sounded great...

I doubt you'd have any issue just removing it, as I did. I removed low Sa and Pa and added a gandhar chikari, but you could just ditch the sa I'm sure. Additional chikari optional...

If you have the hooks on your top fret you could just hook it out of the way, but I would still get a bit of a clunk noise from that, that I didn't love. But my decision had more to do with who I was learning from than personal preference, ultimately.

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