This exquisite one of kind Ravi Shankar style sitar was made by American luthier Alan Suits. Here is his description the instrument:
All true mahogany construction. Mahogany is between teak and toon in hardness and delivers a great sound. The fretboard is flat which makes jewari setting for tarafs much better. The taraf eyelets are bone with a back slot design, much stronger than the usual style with a central drilled hole- those frequently split. The back slot design is virtually unbreakable. Pegs for main strings have a flat head profile as often seen in vintage sitars before 1940. This shape is easy to turn and easier on the hands. These pegs are of Mexican katalox wood, one of the hardest known woods, much harder than ebony and rosewood and superb material for pegs. The ledges for the frets are flat which enables the frets to be seated very level and solid- these frets will not move during playing but are easily moved for tuning. Frets are stainless steel, no problems with any oxidation or rust, and have a great feel for effortless meend. Soundholes are occasionally found on India-made sitars and I find they improve volume and projection greatly. The tailpiece incorporates my own solution with multiple brass pins . This makes restringing easy and neat without the string-end hazards on traditional layout with a single pin for all the tarafs. The construction is all-hide- glue as used on the best violins and guitars. The finish is classic French polish, only natural shellac and alcohol , no stains or color added. The bridge is naturally shed moose antler( probably the best material I have found for bridges) with mahogany feet.
A hard case is included (see picture).