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Hideki Ishima playing a sitarla.

The sitarla (Japanese: シターラ, Hepburn: shitāra) is an instrument invented in 2000 by Japanese musician Hideki Ishima that combines aspects of the sitar with the solid body electric guitar.[1][2] It is a hollow-bodied instrument, 3 1/2 tones lower than a guitar,[2] with only three existing in the world as of 2008.[3]

Ishima said he had the idea for the instrument 15 years prior, but everybody told him he was crazy.[2] He now plays the instrument exclusively,[4] and it has replaced his guitar playing in Flower Travellin' Band.[5] It is featured on their 2008 album We Are Here.[6]


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  2. ^ a b c ""First I had the idea, nobody cared. They said 'you're crazy!'"". Archived from the original on 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  3. ^ "Sex, drugs and sitars". The Japan Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "汝の隣人のブログを愛せよ - LOVELOG". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  5. ^ [2] Archived December 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)