stringed instruments have undergone many changes throughout history
. Many western musical instruments like violin, harmonium, mandolin,
archtop guitar and electric guitar have come to be accepted in
Indian classical music. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt developed and named
this hybrid slide guitar and has been added to the list of Indian
Mohan Veena is a highly modified concord archtop, which Bhatt
plays lap-style. It has 19 strings: three melody strings and four
three drone strings coming out of the peg heads, and 12 sympathetic
strong to tuners mounted to a piece of wood added to the side
of the neck. The melody strings are on what we would consider
the treble side of the neck, and the drone strings are on the
bass side. The drone strings are lower in height than the melody
strings to allow for unrestricted playing of the melody strings.
The sympathetic strings run underneath the melody and drone strings
to yet another level in the bridge. The instrument has a carved
spruced top, mahogany back and sides, a mahogany neck, and a flat,
fretless, rosewood fingerboard.
Mohan Veena is under tremendous tension; the total strings pull
to be in excess of 500 pounds. It is due to this high tension
the tone tuns incredible with the sympathetic ringing out and
strengthening each note played. This is a loud instrument made
to cut through with low amplification.