Waves and Vibes

Saturday 16:00-16:45 in Room Lyon

How strings want guitars to be

by Gerd Anke and Michael Dubach (Plek), Germany


PLEK_SAM_3135If you were a guitar string, what would you want?


To move freely, but still be held tight.
Not bump around against frets or other obstacles.
Accurate fretwork on a well-prepared fingerboard is the key for good playability.


The Plek team has spent years finding out what geometry a guitar neck needs to enable strings to vibrate freely, but still meet the players’ demands for a smooth action. Watch a guitar string move in slow motion. Plek founders Gerd Anke and Michael Dubach demonstrate what string movement means for the guitar fingerboard, and what matters for good playability.