“Retains all the charm of the original 1960s classic design in all its vintage glory”: Danelectro has brought back its Big Sitar – with some modern upgrades

Danelectro Big Sitar in three finishes
(Image credit: Danelectro)

Danelectro has reissued its Big Sitar, based on the model first launched in the 1960s used by everyone from Metallica and Steve Howe to Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen.

The Danelectro electric sitar pays homage to the sitar, the traditional South Asian instrument used in Hindustani classical music. It became popular in the West in the late 1950s and 1960s by artists such as Ravi Shankar, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.