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Cellular fiddles  Part 2:   X’s and O’s

Cellular fiddles Part 2: X’s and O’s

In part 1, I described a plan to make a pair of violins with structural features that I think will have effects on the way those instruments sound.  I decided to base the designs for the two violins  around two of the vibrational modes that have been studied and used as tools by many violinmakers in an attempt to control the tonal qualities of our instruments.  This second part describes the designs that I came up with for the two fiddles I intend to build. 

A Busman’s holiday part 2.  Finishing the guitar.

A Busman’s holiday part 2. Finishing the guitar.

Finishing the guitar was pretty much a pain and took way longer than I expected.  At first I was going to use violin varnish which I'm more familiar with, but having gone so far down the "conventional guitar" road,  I felt I should go all the way.  Unlike violins,...

Steel string guitar, Circa 1982

Steel string guitar, Circa 1982

My introduction to Luthierie The first instrument I made was a steel string guitar.  I'd seen someone in my Industrial Design course in college make a guitar and I thought it was the coolest thing. A couple of years later, I'd moved to Berkeley, California.  I had my...