This instrument is my redesign of the Concord guitar based “Mohan Veena” but with a parlour body.
I have replaced the original wood arch top guitar design with a German silver body with both layers of strings coming to a two level biscuit bridge on a 9.5″ cone in a deep sound well.
The upper strings consist of three melody strings tuned DAD and five drone strings tuned dDDAA. The lower sympathetic strings are tuned DCDEFGGAABCD are are tuned from tuners along the side of the neck.
The sitar sound sympathetic strings run across a slotted carbon fibre tipping plate that rests in a lower tunnel in the ebony biscuit bridge.
It is set screw adjustable to get the sitar sound. The connection of upper playing strings and lower sympathetics is direct through their shared biscuit bridge.
The neck runs the full length of the instrument without a joint or dowel socket where the neck meets the body. I carve them from a full length two piece blank of Bolivian rosewood, book matched if possible. I attribute their long sustain to this unique construction as there is no glue socket or joint to interrupt the vibration of the whole length of the instrument. Tuners are Gotoh 510.
I use a single pickup on this model. The National Hot Plate provides a Lollar Tele special pickup, controls and jack mounted on the surface of the sound well cover that is nickel plated brass. The single pickup works well for both sets of strings.