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The Design Diamond

The Design Diamond

by Dan Neil McCrimmon

Originally published as Guild of American Luthiers Data Sheet #100, 1978

The basic idea behind this geometry jazz is to have the elements of design organized in such a way to give a sense of cohesion to the total design. The drawing is of a classic guitar, other guitars will be different but should have simple relationships. I have not tried this with the violin but suspect it should fit in there somehow.

The whole design is broken into simple subdivisions of the total length of the sides (i.e. 1/2, 1/3, 1/4). Line XY is half the length of AB.

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