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Materials - Mechanics | Technology of the Guitar

Technology of the Guitar

French, Richard Mark

2012, XVI, 336 p.

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  • Written by Mark French, author of Engineering the Guitar: Theory and Practice, and features a foreword written by Bob Taylor, President of Taylor Guitars
  • Provides a practical, accessible approach to the technical aspects of instrument making without using advanced math
  • Features coverage of electronics such as active pickups, pre-amps and audio effects as well as alternative materials, including composites

Featuring chapters on physics, structure, sound and design specifics, Technology of the Guitar also includes coverage of  historical content, composition of strings and their effects on sound quality, and important designs. Additionally, author Mark French discusses case studies of historically significant and technologically innovative instruments.

This is a complete reference useful for a broad range of readers including guitar manufacturer employees, working luthiers, and interested guitar enthusiasts who do not have a science or engineering background.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Acoustic guitar - Audio effects - Electric guitar - Guitar design - Guitar structure - Sound quality - String vibrations

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Mechanics - Signals & Communication

Table of contents 

1. Guitar Overview.- 2. Basic Physics.- 3. The Structure of the Guitar.- 4. Electronics.- 5. Sound Quality.- 6. Design Specifics for Acoustic Guitars.- 7. Design Specifics for Electric Guitars.- 8. Hardware.- 9. Iconic Guitars.

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