Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Book reviews


This work presents the science, technology, and practical aspects of guitar design and construction. The authors intimately link the science of acoustics and modal vibrations to the woodwork in the guitar and its resulting sound. There is plenty of practical information for both the novice and the experienced builder of guitars”.

Prof. Thomas Rossing - PhD; Visiting Professor of Music, Stanford University. Gold Medalist of the Acoustical Society of America and author of over 350 books and papers on acoustics and the physics of musical instruments, co-author with Neville Fletcher of “The Physics of Musical Instruments”.



In reading your book, I found it a wonderfully detailed account of guitar design, and very clearly written, for which I must congratulate you”.

Dr. Neville Thiele - OAM, FIEAust, FAES; pre-eminent acoustic theoretician, responsible with R. H. Small for the development of the Thiele/Small parameters for loudspeaker design.



I have been the proud owner of several instruments crafted by Gerard Gilet, ranging from flamenco to single cone resophonic guitars.  I have played Gerard’s guitars to my own (and possibly also the listeners’) satisfaction on three continents.  And these guitars have also found their way onto my various albums – both solo and with Saffire – The Australian Guitar Quartet.

Recently, I made the exciting discovery of playing one of Trevor Gore’s guitars.  As I write, I have at my side a thunderingly good classical guitar – a veritable V8 of an instrument - ready to be taken out on the track.  And like all fine guitars this instrument has the special stamp of a thoroughbred, spirited yet refined.

I therefore warmly recommend the work of Gerard Gilet and Trevor Gore, not only to luthiers and guitar specialists, but to all musicians, craftsmen, scientists and readers of all persuasions ”. 

Gareth Koch - B.Mus, PhD; ARIA Award Winner 2003; Lecturer in Classical Guitar, University of Tasmania; Solo recording artist, ABC Classics; Saffire – The Australian Guitar Quartet.   



"These guys are world leaders in guitar building".   Tommy Emmanuel cgp

Tommy Emmanuel - AM; multi-award winning guitarist



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