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Letter: Guitar Dimensions and Harmonics

Letter: Guitar Dimensions and Harmonics

by Joe D. Franklin

Originally published in American Lutherie #66, 2001

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The resonant chamber or soundbox on a guitar is the greater half of its tonal success. If the air enclosed in this box can resonate naturally at some harmonic of the speed of sound, then you have a winner. This is the only part of the guitar that is capable of maintaining polyphony at a level amplitude or volume throughout any given song.

Two designs from the past have met these standards, the 1864 Torres and the 1935 Hauser/Torres, and later the 1943 Hauser that used an inversion on the concept of where the fundamental bass might reside.

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