Savart Journal

science and technology of stringed musical instruments

Savart Journal

The Savart Journal is a multidisciplinary open access online micro journal featuring peer reviewed research articles and research notes on all aspects of the science and technology of stringed musical instruments, bowed and plucked. Full text of all articles is available for all readers. Readers do not need to register or login to view articles. Articles are published continuously as they are received and reviewed.

The journal is named after and inspired by the work of 19th century French physicist Felix Savart, an early researcher in the acoustics of stringed musical instruments. The Savart Journal is made available through the efforts of volunteer editorial and review staffs.

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Submissions

Submissions of research articles on all aspects of the science and technology of stringed musical instruments are requested for the Savart Journal. Topics include instrument acoustics, psychoacoustics, preference testing, general physics of stringed musical instruments, geometry and proportion of instruments, manufacturing technology, stringed instrument music synthesis, etc. Research on materials, including finishing materials and adhesives is also appropriate for the journal. These are just a few examples of topics appropriate for the journal. All topics in science and technology as applied to bowed and/or plucked stringed musical instruments are suitable for inclusion. For detailed submission information, please see the SUBMISSIONS item on the top-of-page menu.

Articles

  • Feature Article
  • Analysis of violin combination tones and their contribution to Tartini's third tone

    Gabriele Caselli, Giovanni Cecchi, Mirko Malacarne, Giulio Masetti

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  • Comparing Subjective and Objective Data from a Pool of Classical Guitars

    Mark French, Laura Lydy, Miles Crawford

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  • Three millennia of tonewood knowledge in Chinese guqin tradition: science, culture, value, and relevance for Western lutherie

    Wenjie Cai, Hwan-Ching Tai

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  • The Effect of Finishes on the Vibration Properties of Spruce Guitar Soundboard Wood

    Howard Page Stephens

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  • Investigation of Play-Wear Damage on Steel Music Strings Using Atomic Force Microscope and Low Level Resistance Method

    Ferhat Bülbül, Tevhit Karacali

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  • Effect of Vibration Treatment on Guitar Tone: A Comparative Study

    B.M. Clemens, Jay Kadis, Daniel Montgomery Clemens, Eli John Pollak, P. Clark, James R Groves

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  • Guitar Fretboard Camber and Action in the Context of String Bending

    R.M. Mottola

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  • Frequency Response Evaluation of Acoustic Guitar Modifications

    D.P. Hess

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  • A Comparative Study of Power Spectra and Vowels in Guarneri Violins and Operatic Singing

    Joseph Nagyvary

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  • Stradivari Violins Exhibit Formant Frequencies Resembling Vowels Produced by Females

    Hwan-Ching Tai, Dai-Ting Chung

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  • Visual Comparison of Ensemble Averaged Transverse Arching Profiles of Golden Age Cremonese Violins and Curtate Cycloid Curves

    R.M. Mottola

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  • Parameter Estimation of Multiple Non-Linear Damping Sources in Guitar Strings

    Jonathan Wesley Christian

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  • Modeling and Optimizing of the First Guitar Mode

    Samo Sali

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  • Comparison of Arching Profiles of Golden Age Cremonese Violins and Some Mathematically Generated Curves

    R.M. Mottola

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  • Detection of Bow Direction and Stopped String Length by Analysis of Asymmetric Helmholtz Velocity Data from a Magnetic Violin Pickup

    John Silzel

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Research Notes

  • An Improved Body Shape Definition for Acoustic Guitars

    Mark French

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  • A Note on a Geometric Method for the Guitar's Contour

    Ricardo Ruiz Boullosa

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Collaboration

The Savart Journal is published in collaboration with the Guild of American Luthiers.

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