EHX Ravish Sitar Simulator
This is a prime example of EHX doing what EHX does best.
New, cool, and interesting things.
While I doubt this is a full blown replacement for a real sitar, having this kind of tool so readily accessible, more affordable, and without having to go and do something bothersome like learn a new instrument, let alone one as challenging as the sitar, it certainly does present itself as a formidable alternative.
That alternative is called the Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar pedal.
Within this seemingly innocent, little, metal box is secretly the gateway to any guitarist being able to harness the powers of Indian music. With three volume knobs you can control the level of your dry output, the lead sitar output, and the backing sympathetic string output. In addition you have a couple of other knobs labeled “timbre” for the lead and sympathetic strings that work their magic as a filter control and grant you access to more harmonics.
While the pedal has one input jack it has two outputs, one for your primary guitar playing, and the other to play the sympathetic strings in isolation. The Ravish also has two expression pedal inputs titled pitch and drone. The pitch jack is pretty self explanatory and lets you control the pitch of the lead guitar like a whammy pedal up to an octave higher. The drone pedal works a bit more similarly to the EHX Freeze. It will let you freeze the sympathetic strings in their tracks and toggle the volume of them.
What makes this really excel is its ability to adjust the sympathetic strings without retuning your guitar. You can manually select keys and scales, including Major, Minor, and the ambiguous Exotic, to play in or simply play a given tone and the pedal will adjust accordingly and for the sake of artistic expression you can even store your own custom scale in the pedal for that readily accessible, on the spot goodness. On the notion of saving things the Ravish comes with ten factory presets which can be saved over at any given time.
While a specific date for release hasn’t been outright stated it’s right around the corner in the earliest of days in September and will run about $319.