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Technology of the Guitar [Kindle Edition]

Richard Mark French
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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chapters on physics, structure, sound and design specifics, Technology of the Guitar also includes coverage of  historical content, composition of strings and their effects on sound quality, and important designs.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.

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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chapters on physics, structure, sound and design specifics, Technology of the Guitar also includes coverage of  historical content, composition of strings and their effects on sound quality, and important designs.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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9737 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Springer US; 1 edition (16 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9YGJPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
'Technology of the Guitar' is in effect a rewriting of the author's earlier 'Engineering the Guitar: Theory and Practice' (2008) - which was written for "the technically inclined builder" - for a more general audience with mathematical skills no more advanced than 'junior high school algebra' (roughly equivalent to GCSE level, for UK readers).

This may make the book sound intimidating, and there is indeed still plenty of maths in the author's detailed consideration of the science and technology behind the guitar. But Richard Mark French is a guitar player and builder as well as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and this book is a study of real instruments, not an abstract consideration of acoustic and mechanical principles that can only be demonstrated in laboratories or in the idealised mathematical models of physicists. As such, it is more conscious of the manufacturing environment and the 'real world' of musicians than the university.

The result is by far the most useful single-volume study of its subject for the general reader that I have encountered. At this level, it is hard to imagine the job of negotiating between the science and its practical applications being done better. One would have to be at least a student of engineering to find the level of theoretical discussion inadequate: but everything is clearly explained, and with patience can be understood by readers with modest mathematical skills.

French begins with an historical overview before leading the reader through the physics, mechanical structure and electronics of the modern guitar. He then goes on to consider more nebulous questions of sound quality, about which there is so much disagreement among luthiers and players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read for both luthiers and musicians 2 Aug 2013
By Muter
Format:Hardcover
The book is excellent. It covers all aspects of guitar making and includes tons of pictorial examples. It also gives a history of the guitar, again supplied with lots of documented evidences - something I was dreaming of seeing.

The best part, however, is the simple language on which it is written. Maths are kept to the bare minimum and no previous technical knowledge is required to gain full understanding of the material (imho).
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3.0 out of 5 stars The author does not understands fundamental physics nor mathematics very well 18 Jan 2014
By Alex Sarmiento - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
He got the euler's formula wrong , as jx=cos(x)+j sin(x), and even calls it equation . He does not understand why imaginary numbers are actually imaginary numbers. The author does understand what magnetic fields are and how the behave, he doesn't even explain the magnetic polarization of the string , and so on.. I just couldn't keep reading

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Anyways, my first review got a little out of hand and that was kind of unfair . This book contains nice and fundamental information and tips that every guitarist aficionado (and geeky minded) should learn. The author really tries to make it not be very technical but rather more down to earth , comprehensible and interesting , and i think it does . Overall i think this book is a nice reference for the technological and cultural aspects of the guitar for those interested in this kind of things . Most guitar technicians (and much less most guitar players ) don't really know a thing about the half of the facts that this book brings to you . Perhaps future editions could polish more the mathematical and physics aspects in the content , but that's it .

You definitely can learn a thing or two with this book and this kind of knowledge can improve your guitar playing and tone if you take advantage of it .
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text for teaching STEM 23 Mar 2013
By Mr_Freebie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This textbook style book that is perfect for the technology classroom. It is Trig based in the calculations but includes a lot of background information about strings instruments / guitars. excellent photos of a variety of guitars. It links a variety of stem subjects of Math, Physics, and Engineering / Design.
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