Instruments & Gear: Fine Lutherie

Linda Manzer Custom Sitar-Guitar

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Tony McManus plays his Sitar-Guitar, which he calls the "Delhi-Caster."

by Teja Gerken
August 06, 2015

Tony McManus demonstrates his custom Linda Manzer Sitar-Guitar, which Manzer first developed for jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, for whom she has built dozens of guitars, including the famous 42-string Pikasso guitar. The Sitar-Guitar gets its sitar-like buzzing tone from a unique bridge made of movable flat bone blocks, which each string rests on and vibrates against. Tony demonstrates this new unique guitar with Jacky Molard’s piece “Doina,” recorded on Tony’s Maker’s Mark album.

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SPECS: Spruce top. East Indian rosewood back and sides. Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard and bridge.


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Comments and Discussion

Posted by Peter Collins on
The late, great, Davy Graham would have loved this guitar. Listen to his "Folk, Blues and Beyond", LP.
Posted by Briana Brown on
I do like the guitars made by Ms. Manzer but like many string instruments built to sound like a sitar, I think it comes up short. Sure you can tell it is supposed to sound like a sitar but it does not have the certain depth and richness of the tones that are produced by sitars. I just don't hear it and it comes out sounding thin and without the same depth and emotion. Similar in a sense to the difference between an electric piano and an acoustic one. Some obviously might like that but just not my cup of tea.
Posted by dan Silv on
Hi I enjoyed your video very much. I was wondering- what is the name of that type of bridge? Also, did you have to make the nut real low, or is it at about average height?
Posted by Batista Marcelo Julio on
The video is broke, only sound not video...
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