Because of The Beatles, because of George Harrison, in his using of a traditional sitar on the song, “Norwegian Wood,” off of the 1965 album, “Rubber Soul,” they brought the sitar, an Indian instrument, into the popular culture. Thus, EVERYONE after The Beatles began to use the sitar, such as Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones on “Paint It Black,” and various other mid-late 60’s bands. In the 80’s, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics & Tom Petty wrote the song, “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” once again, bringing the sitar to the front in popular music. Stewart used an electric sitar, instead of one of the traditionally larger sitars, to record the song… and the song was a big hit for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
What is great about the electric sitar is that it is in essence a regular six-string guitar. But what gives it that sitar sound is a thing called a “buzz” bridge, located next to the pickup.