Old Naskar so called “teak sitar…??” turns out to be a regular tun sitar. This sitar has been repaired from a loose joint and twisted neck. Also the tabli has been lowered and the neck has been finished in an open pore look with 6 layers of Danish oil. Almost full restoration… see pics after:
This sitar which belongs to my friend Chico has a problem: the neck has bended too much. The playing string is tilted 14mm above the last pardas’ surface. The neck came up 5mm at the tar daan position. See the photo (left) with the red line. (click on the photo to enlarge)
To fix this problem, the sitars neck has to be opened and glued again. The result is yet to be seen on the photo (right) with the green line. (click on the photo to enlarge)
You can see more photos about this surgery on a new page added to the repairs chapter.
This sitars’ neck has bended too much. The playing string was tilted 14mm above the last pardas’ surface. The neck came up 5mm at the tar daan position.
First thing to do is to remove the hardware and the celluloid decoration strips.
Then the glue line which marks the separation between the upper en lower parts is visible.
Put a chisel exactly on this line and give a gentle push. The glue will break and the 2 parts will get separated.
With the help of a homemade chisel, also used as a scraper, we can split the neck completely.
Now first we will check the cracks’ surface and remove the remaining old glue.
After this we add fresh glue to the 2 parts and fix them together again with a rope. Use hot glue or titebond. These glues become strong and hard and are not elastic.
Finally we hold a strong, straight and flat board against the freshly glued neck and tie it up with the rest of the rope.
After sufficient drying, the board and rope are removed and the glue lane is cleaned. Now we already can see the result: a straight neck !!
Now it is time to put the decoration strips back to its place. Glue is applied and then they are fixed with bamboo nails.
After the leftover pieces of the bamboo nails have been removed, the sitar is ready for reftretting…
Where will it end ??? “We need a sitar … a double neck actually … with humbucking pickups … and a Floyd Rose bridge … and it all has to function properly. We need some mock-up renderings by tomorrow and the finished product completed in the next couple of weeks” This is the phone call that David Hill received some months ago from the production company of Mike Myers’ new movie “Love Guru”.
Read the rest of the story and see some unique photos about the making of this extravagant sitar by David Hill & Brady Milloy at the “12 fret” website …
The start of a big glueing job…
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