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Inharmonicity of Guitar Strings

Inharmonicity of Guitar Strings

by Mark French

Originally published in American Lutherie #100, 2009

Strings are uniquely well suited to make music because all their resonant frequencies are very close to being integer multiples of the fundamental frequency.1 The octave is the most consonant interval and the resonant frequencies of a vibrating string are separated from one another by octaves. The expression for the resonant frequencies of an ideal string is familiar to many luthiers.

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