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I have sitar fret thread on the way, but any suggestions on a temporary fix.
I tried different types of threads but they all stretch and the fret comes loose.
Any suggestions?
It is bumming me out not being able to play my main sitar.
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nylon fishing wire.
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Is there any particular gage fishing line you have found to be correct for sitar?
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I haven't done this in years, and i don't really like fishing line on the sitar. Cheaper ones sometimes use it insteat of thread. But since it is a temporary thing, just go to the local outdoor store and pick some fishing line that is about as thin (or thick) as the thread. Too thin, and you risk the line biting into the wood and creating permanant lines. Too thick, and you will have a problem tying it.

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CW, have you tried the upholstery type thread? It doesn't stretch, Sanjay uses it and I've seen it on Mangla Prasad Sharma sitars way back when. I carry it now....also Neal had some success using a product called 'Stringth' I think it was? Maybe he's reading this and can give you details...
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I went to Michaels craft store and they had a 100% silk thread for necklaces.
Havnt tried it yet but am sure it will be fine.
Thanks for the tips.
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If you do end up using fish line, your best bet is 20 lb. test. Braided is preferred. If you go with the mono filament stuff, be aware that the knot you tie on the side of the neck will leave a nice dimple in the wood. If this is on fret #8 and you drag it to komal Re, you will be left with a very deep trench where the knot plowed through. With moulding trim on the side of the neck, be sure then to position the fish line knot so that it sits on the moulding for far less damage. Stringth is THE stuff !!! #3 gold braid - oh yeah!
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The absolute best fret cord is a product called "STRINGTH".
http://www.landofodds.com/store/find2r.htm
#5 is the proper thickness. Nice variety of colors although it has a tendency to lose its sheen quickly and superficially frays a bit.
Neal

PS reading those old threads Lars brought back a lot of nostalgic memories.



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CW, have you tried the upholstery type thread? It doesn't stretch, Sanjay uses it and I've seen it on Mangla Prasad Sharma sitars way back when. I carry it now....also Neal had some success using a product called 'Stringth' I think it was? Maybe he's reading this and can give you details...
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hmmm a thread on thread!
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