Prepare for an onslaught of awesome like nothing you’ve ever seen before. I’m the owner of a new, cherry sitar with some sort of white mineral inlay (neither me, nor my instrumentally knowledgeable friend know what it is). Anyways, it’s beautiful. I hope to be able to do more than look at it by the time I’m done here, and when that time comes, so will video performances. Eek! And now for pictures:
The fabled sitar. I plan on naming it after I get to know it a little better. I like to think it's a girl, and that we will someday fight the musical patriarchy with our Awesomeness. She will have an Indian name.
The detailing with the unknown mineral I mentioned. It's beautiful. You can't really tell from this angle, but the bottom of the sitar is quite huge. It's got some junk in its trunk. It's also the most fragile part. The thing at the bottom appears to be just ornamental. It's a white bird.
Look at all of those knobs. I didn't count on my sitar, but sitars can typically have between 21-23 strings depending on the style, a top set (of six or seven) of playable strings and a bottom set that resonate with the vibration of the top set, creating the unique sitar sound. Each of them is tunable. Yeesh.
Here's some detail of the strings and frets--which you'll notice are concave over the fretboard. Weird. The second set of strings are just barely visable below the frets. You'll also notice that the frets appear to be held down with--among other things--string.