Paul Chambers Guitars - Luthier and Maker of Fine Acoustic and Classical Guitars

Acoustics & Mechanics

Scientific testing of both the mechanical & acoustic properties of the guitar is an important part of the creation of each Chambers guitar.

Studying the works of makers such as Greg Byers, John Gilbert and Thomas Humphrey has developed my understanding of the mechanical & geometric aspects of guitars, and how that affects playability. Equally important has been my study of acoustics and of the guitar as a sound generating system. The works of Graham Caldersmith, Alan Carruth, Daniel Friedrich, Dr David Hurd, Jurgen Meyer, Carleen Hutchins and numerous papers in the CATGUT Journal & Journal of Guitar Acoustics (JGA) have been invaluable.

Most significant, for me, is the work of Dr David Hurd and his book ‘Left Brain Lutherie’. It details a scientific approach which enables the maker to understand and control the mechanical and acoustical properties that contribute to the sound of an instrument, and as a result, to consistently produce good sounding instruments.

How this informs my designs

Each Chambers guitar undergoes a tuning process, based on a combination of Hurd’s, Caldersmith’s and Carruth’s methods, to achieve optimal acoustic resonance and balance of tone.

Even with the use of such methods the creation of ‘good tone’ is an elusive and subtle business, difficult to define, and for the most part subjective and specific to the individual player. This is where the skill, experience and intuition of the maker have their part to play, dealing with the nuances that bring an instrument together into a musical whole.