It can’t be done.
“Norweigian Wood” and “Paint It Black” use real sitars. You are looking for this pedal to be a real sitar. It is not. The Ravish Sitar will not sound like a real sitar. The sympathetic strings on the pedal actually sound very close, but the lead string is far too shrill and electronic. It is very hard to get it to sound like the sound you are looking for.
I got the pedal and I was hoping it would sound like The Box Tops “Cry Like A Baby” which uses a Coral electric sitar. Unfortunately the Ravish can’t get that sound either. There is a springy boing in that tune that the Ravish just does not duplicate.
So the Ravish does not duplicate a real sitar or a Coral sitar. Well, you look to see what else it can do. What you find is it produces its own sitar like sound. When you play it next to a real sitar like “Norwegian Wood,” it won’t sound like a sitar. But just play it on its own and you will instantly smile and say, “Man, that’s a cool sitar sound.” And the drone strings do sound very sitar-like so you can have fun with them. Use the Ravish for its own sound. It won’t duplicate the real sitars you hear on the records.
I have used these settings to get me close to what you may want. Believe me, it ain’t exactly close, but it is a step towards the sitar lead lines from The Beatles or Stones:
Use the W pre-set:
Dry - 12 o’clock
Lead - 1
Sympathetic - 9:30
Lead Timbre - 10
Sympathetic Timbre - 10
Decay - 3
Mod - 5
Keep the sympathetic strings down in your mix (listen to “Norwegian Wood” and you’ll hear way more lead string than sympathetic). One other thing, I use chorus on my amp and it adds to the sitar effect greatly. Add a chorus pedal to the above settings and you have what can pass as a nice sitar sound.