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cosmiqphuz's picture
Lancaster, Pa
Dec 2008
1 year ago

I've been thinking about getting a Jerry Jones electric sitar. But I don't think I'll be playing it enough to justify spending $800-1000 on one. Some pop up on ebay, but even those go for $600+ if I'm lucky.

I've looked at the Rogue and Agile copies but I've heard of a lot intonation and tuning issues with those models. Plus, the color isn't too appealing.

I found out about the Gotoh buzz bridge that's supposedly designed to replace the stock bridges on Danelectro guitars.

Has anyone done this before?

I figured I could get a used DC '59 and slap that bridge on and still spend less than half of a Jerry Jones.

lobsty's picture
between Berlin and Melbourne...
Nov 2003
3 years ago

Holy crap...
Didn't know about that but now I'm seriously intrigued...

There's also this that I found yesterday... looks might tasty!

Crustaceo ergo sum

olddawg's picture
Southern California & Hawaii usually, but I get around
Dec 2004
1 year ago
Originally Posted by cosmiqphuz

I've been thinking about getting a Jerry Jones electric sitar. But I don't think I'll be playing it enough to justify spending $800-1000 on one. Some pop up on ebay, but even those go for $600+ if I'm lucky.

I've looked at the Rogue and Agile copies but I've heard of a lot intonation and tuning issues with those models. Plus, the color isn't too appealing.

I found out about the Gotoh buzz bridge that's supposedly designed to replace the stock bridges on Danelectro guitars.

Has anyone done this before?

I figured I could get a used DC '59 and slap that bridge on and still spend less than half of a Jerry Jones.

The bridge is a drop in on a Dano, but you could really put it it on any solid body with no trem without much work if you have a beater laying around. Have you ever played one? They are the ultimate one trick pony and are only as good as the setup. The real problem is that you can spend days on the setup because it is a rediculously fine adjustment between mute and buzz and it's difficult to make it do it on all strings and all frets. Also, without the drone string array you won't get the full electric sitar effect. Steve Vai's backup guitarist uses a real vintage one for one song live. It actually works and he plays the hell out of it. But I think they have a guitar tech on tour just for that one instrument. He even says in the show that it's one a tempermental POS and the only truely functional one he's ever played.

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cosmiqphuz's picture
Lancaster, Pa
Dec 2008
1 year ago
Originally Posted by olddawg

The bridge is a drop in on a Dano, but you could really put it it on any solid body with no trem without much work if you have a beater laying around. Have you ever played one? They are the ultimate one trick pony and are only as good as the setup. The real problem is that you can spend days on the setup because it is a rediculously fine adjustment between mute and buzz and it's difficult to make it do it on all strings and all frets. Also, without the drone string array you won't get the full electric sitar effect. Steve Vai's backup guitarist uses a real vintage one for one song live. It actually works and he plays the hell out of it. But I think they have a guitar tech on tour just for that one instrument. He even says in the show that it's one a tempermental POS and the only truely functional one he's ever played.

I've never played a guitar that was modified with the Gotoh bridge, but I have played the Jerry Jones. I've never personally played an original Coral sitar. But I've talked to people who have played both and they all say the Jerry Jones addresses all the problems of the Coral. Newer and less expensive too. Why people pay so much for the original, which has those problems you described, is beyond me.

Yea, I realized I would be missing the drone strings, but I'm ok with that. The drone strings don't really function the same way they do on real sitars, but they're useful for some things I guess.

I figured the main difference between an electric guitar and an electric sitar really is just the bridge. The only thing I'm worried about is if the Gotoh bridge is gonna be even close to the Jerry Jones or if it's gonna be a temperamental POS.

Here's the link to the part in case anyone was interested:

http://www.allparts.com/Danelectro-Sitar-Bridge-p/sb-5810-010.htm

lobsty's picture
between Berlin and Melbourne...
Nov 2003
3 years ago

You got me googling because this has always interested me...
There's also a German company that make them for Strats, Teles and Tune-o-Matics:
http://www.eyb-guitars.de/Eyb-English/Sitarbridge.html

Crustaceo ergo sum

cosmiqphuz's picture
Lancaster, Pa
Dec 2008
1 year ago
Originally Posted by lobsty

You got me googling because this has always interested me...
There's also a German company that make them for Strats, Teles and Tune-o-Matics:
http://www.eyb-guitars.de/Eyb-English/Sitarbridge.html

Wow, it definately looks more robust than the Gotoh. Looks like it's height adjustable for each string too. Maybe that's to accomodate rounder fretboards on strats/teles?

Too bad it costs three times as much though.

It'd be nice if someone could design a sitar bridge that can be engaged and disengaged at the flick of a switch or turn of a wingnut or something like that. Go from guitar-to-sitar and back to guitar in the same song.

lobsty's picture
between Berlin and Melbourne...
Nov 2003
3 years ago
Originally Posted by cosmiqphuz

Wow, it definately looks more robust than the Gotoh. Looks like it's height adjustable for each string too. Maybe that's to accomodate rounder fretboards on strats/teles?

Too bad it costs three times as much though.

It'd be nice if someone could design a sitar bridge that can be engaged and disengaged at the flick of a switch or turn of a wingnut or something like that. Go from guitar-to-sitar and back to guitar in the same song.

Ah, I didn't see the price - the Gotoh one isn't exactly cheap either... Hmmmm... But I do like the idea of the German one on a pink paisley tele :cool: Or maybe I'm always just looking for an excuse to get a pink paisley Tele anyway :D

I do like the idea of a switchable one - I think you're on to something there!

Crustaceo ergo sum

p_s_f's picture
Milwaukee, WI
Nov 2009
4 years ago
Originally Posted by lobsty

Or maybe I'm always just looking for an excuse to get a pink paisley Tele anyway :D

I'm always thinking I need a pink paisley tele too...

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cosmiqphuz's picture
Lancaster, Pa
Dec 2008
1 year ago
Originally Posted by lobsty

Ah, I didn't see the price - the Gotoh one isn't exactly cheap either... Hmmmm... But I do like the idea of the German one on a pink paisley tele :cool: Or maybe I'm always just looking for an excuse to get a pink paisley Tele anyway :D

I do like the idea of a switchable one - I think you're on to something there!

A pink paisley Telecaster sitar....now THAT has mojo written all over it.

Here's a couple videos of people who put the Gotoh on their Dano's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci8At2RP3BU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4DqBB-7Mxc

Here's one with the German one you found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAIQ6Nke9nQ&feature=related

O man, I'm really starting to get sitar fever....

lobsty's picture
between Berlin and Melbourne...
Nov 2003
3 years ago

Some interesting stuff in the videos.
Damn you all. Guitargeek = GAS
Now I want a pink paisley Tele with the EYB bridge and a severly scalloped fingerboard for massive twangy bendy shenanigans.

Crustaceo ergo sum

guysmiley's picture
oregon
Oct 2004
9 months ago

I made this, if you want to go cheap.
http://www.guitargeek.com/chat/showthread.php?t=106555