Influence of different bridge timbers on the resonance behavior of acoustic guitars in the traditional Maccaferri design - Preview
Traditional violin and guitar builders consider it a fact that the bridge, which transfers the vibrations of the strings to the resonance board, has a significant influence on the sound of the instrument. In this context, one can assume that different timber species produce a defined sound which can be related to the anatomical structure of the wood. The timbers used traditionally for the bridge are usually selected for their assumed positive acoustic behavior and also for their decorative appearance, dimensionally stability and high abrasion resistance. While it is fairly easy to determine the physical and mechanical properties of wood for acoustic use, it is more difficult to measure the influence of a single wooden component on the instrument's sound.