How Todd Mosby's Imrat Guitar lets him combine western harmony with Indian melodies for a thrilling hybrid sound

Todd Mosby
(Image credit: courtesy of Todd Mosby)

With roots in jazz, folk and Indian classical music, guitarist Todd Mosby is eclectic, to say the least. In the mid-'90s, he found himself in need of an axe that could accommodate the techniques and compositional ideas he’d drawn from both his Eastern and Western influences.

As a result, he co-designed a unique hybrid instrument he calls the Imrat guitar, which combines elements of the guitar and Indian instruments such as the sitar and rudra veena. 

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