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Koloboch

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Hi All,

I have an electric sitar, one of the ones that is a sitar body, just with a very small toomba. I've had it for about a year and a half, and is great for my current needs, and play every day.

However, I find though that certain frets create a sort of "dead/buzzing" note, which was never too much of an issue before, but has become a very serious sound issue when plugged into an amp.

I can't seem to find anything that would be causing this, as everything seems to be as it should. My thought is that the next fret is too high, and is causing the string to make contact and kill the sound/cause the buzzing, but again haven't seen this happening.

Does anyone have any ideas or pointers on where to look?

Thanks in advance,
Chris
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Lars

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Chris, there's no simple answer or solution. Good fret setting is even harder than jawari in my opinion. If you have a fret ahead of your note that's too high it will kill the note. You have to determine the common height and progression of all of them and then figure out whether to lower or raise. Sometimes if you're getting a dead note it can be that the fret you're on is too low as well. Also there can be 'back buzzing' where the string will buzz behind your finger which is often the very first fret or somewhere near one of the harmonic lengths that correspond to the length of the string that's behind the fretted note. Hopefully I explained it well enough.
Most of the inexpensive instruments on ebay and online Indian sites you're going to have this problem. At best they use pre-made frets in 3 sizes so maybe they put the wrong one in the wrong place. Worst case is they use the same size frets....Just play and eyeball it and don't do anything until you're sure which ones are the problem.

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Koloboch

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Hi Lars,

Thanks for the advice. You've helped me out before.

This leads me to my next question:

Of course I would love to purchase a real sitar of good quality. That being said, the money isn't always there. Do you think it would be worth it/possible to send my electric sitar to someone such as: http://www.hacklemanshop.com/sitar-repair--other-services.html to make the adjustments needed to improve the quality of the sitar I already own, or is this just wishful thinking?

Thanks again,
Chris
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Lars

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Originally Posted by "Koloboch"
Hi Lars,

Thanks for the advice. You've helped me out before.

This leads me to my next question:

Of course I would love to purchase a real sitar of good quality. That being said, the money isn't always there. Do you think it would be worth it/possible to send my electric sitar to someone such as: http://www.hacklemanshop.com/sitar-repair--other-services.html to make the adjustments needed to improve the quality of the sitar I already own, or is this just wishful thinking?

Thanks again,
Chris
Hi Chris, best to figure out what you need it to do and then get a hold of him I'd say?

Lars

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