Posted on April 21, 2023January 26, 2024 by Dale Phillips Calculating Soundbox Volume Calculating Soundbox Volume by Dave Raley Originally published in American Lutherie #70, 2002 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Six, 2013 Want to design a new guitar shape and maintain an equal volume of enclosed air by adjusting the height of the sides? Here’s how to calculate volumes. Accuracy is a function of how long you want to spend measuring and calculating. Consider two bodies: Figs. 1a and 2a. The body in Fig. 1 is 18" on the X axis and 4" on the Z axis. Suppose that you wish to make the body in Fig. 2 have the same volume as the body in Fig. 1 while maintaining the same X axis. Fig. 3 defines the axes regardless of the way the figures are turned. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.