Guitar Building

Electric guitar shaped like pac-man.

Guitar with measurements. (Image by Adam Seering.)

Instructors:

Adam Seering

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Course Description

In this class, students learn about physics principles by examining the physics responsible for producing music with electronic stringed instruments, while building, testing, and playing their own electric guitar. Students will design their own guitar bodies, construct their own pick-ups, assemble their own guitars, tune them using a chromatic tuner, and use them to play a simple song. While the instructions here give enough detail that an independent learner could construct their own guitar, please note that this activity should only be attempted with proper adult supervision, whether at home or at school.

Seering, Adam. Guitar Building, Summer 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school/engineering/guitar-building (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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