Perceptual Evaluation of Audible Differences Between Guitars – Q Study

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Published 2020 by Sebastian Merchel, Dresden Technical University

The aim of this project is to investigate the influence of varying internal damping of tonewood on the perceived acoustic quality of steel string guitars. The internal damping of wood can be measured in terms of the quality factor (Q) and might be useful to evaluate the wood’s suitability for a given musical instrument design. Within this project, listening tests were performed to investigate whether the objective testing of this physical parameter can help to make an appreciable and reproducible impact on the sonic quality of the resulting instrument. 

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