Guitars from Non-Tropical Wood

Saturday 14:00-14:45 in Room Lyon

The Leonardo Guitar Research Project

by Brian Garston and Jacky Walraet
from Centrum voor Muziekinstrumentenbouw (Cmb), Belgium



Most luthiers and players demand that high-end acoustic guitars use tropical woods. However, the tropical rain forests where these woods are sourced are being destroyed at alarming rates, and within a few years luthiers will no longer have access to these woods. The Leonardo Guitar Research Project aims to show that common non-tropical woods can be used to make guitars of outstanding tonal quality and aesthetics, fully comparable to tropical wood guitars, and thereby begin to change the mindsets of guitar makers and players. The results of the first phase of this research will be presented during the lecture.


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