The 18-string Imrat Guitar aims to "combine the finest aspects of sitar and guitar"

(Image credit: courtesy of Todd Mosby)

Behold the Imrat guitar, a new 18-stringed hybrid instrument designed by sitar player Imrat Khan, guitarist Todd Mosby and luthier Kim Schwartz that looks to bridge the sounds of eastern and western music.

The Imrat boasts two necks, 11 sympathetic strings, three chikara strings and four playing strings (tuned D-D-A-D).

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.