The Sound

  • Giuseppe CuzzucoliEmail author
  • Mario Garrone


The first chapter introduces the reader to the sound production by the guitar. It establishes basic concepts of musical acoustics like pitch, intensity, transients. Important subjects like the relationship between frequency and time domains, ‘attack’ and ‘sustain’ are discussed. Various representations of the sound are introduced, like spectrum, time domain waveforms, partials, waterfall, thirds of octave graphs; finally the guitar timber is discussed, focusing on the quality parameters, as well as on the correlation between the qualitative perception of the timber and physical, measurable parameters. Values for a reference guitar are given as an example. In Appendix audiogram, SPL, exponential, Fourier series are introduced.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pianezza, TurinItaly
  2. 2.Acqui TermeItaly

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