History Development and Construction of a Classical Guitar

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Carry out study of a Classical Guitar and write a report on its history, development and construction. The classical guitar, sometimes called the Spanish or nylon strung guitar, consists of a hollow body made with a top, back and sides constructed from thin pieces of wood carved and shaped to give the familiar traditional figure of eight shape. A long narrow piece of wood, called the neck, is attached to the body at one end and has, at the other end, a headstock to which are attached six tuning pegs, each holds one of six nylon strings which it is able to tighten or loosen, for tuning the guitar. The six nylon strings pass over the nut, a piece of bone inserted at the end of the neck to support the strings, along the neck and are…show more content…
They are usually either Western Red Cedar obtained from the West Coasts of the USA and Canada or Spruce sourced from many countries throughout Europe (The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars, page 69). The top-plate, cut to the traditional figure of eight shape, needs to be as thin as possible to allow it vibrate freely, a thickness of between two and three millimetres is used (Guitarmaking, tradition and technology, page104). Because it is a softwood it needs to be able to withstand the pressures exerted on it by the strings and this is done by adding bracing. These are thin wooden struts, made from the same wood as the top-plate, glued to the underside in a fan shape (see Figure 2), this bracing not only adds strength but it also controls the way it vibrates and therefore has a big effect on the final sound. A sound-hole is cut into the top-plate, in a position where it will intersect the end of the fret-board at the nineteenth fret. A piece of binding is added around the inside of the sound-hole (called a rosette) primarily to keep moisture out from the cut edge, although it has become very decorative and its design can often identify the luthier (Harry Miller interview, September 1st 2011). The neck, which needs to remain absolutely straight whilst under the pull of the strings, is constructed from mahogany, a dense strong

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