After some time I built a mini pickup for cikari strings only. The pickup is mounted on its own piece of wood and added to the pickup-rail. This way, it is also movable.
The cikari setup is completed with an extra knob for adjusting the cikari volume in accordance with the overall sitar-sound. But, because the EMG has built-in active circuitry an extra impedance compensating amp was added to the cikari circuit.
Finally, also for tarav amplification an extra miniature pickup has been made with a rosewood top and maple body.
This pickup is inserted in the solid body and is located under the pickup rail. It also got its own volume knob.
The output jack is replaced by a 5 pin-XLR. On this connector the three pickup signals have separate outputs and each of them has its own gain knob on the sitar. So they can be further individually processed if desired. An ordinary 5 pin-XLR to jack cable is available for basic one channel amplification just like a solid body guitar.
Finally, an extraordinary successor is born. This SBS-02 has Schaller machine heads for unlimited comfortable tuning.
Feel free to follow the making of this new original sitar at the sitar factory (tag “SBS”)