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written by Joe Wolfe
This webpage provides an overview of the physics of guitars. The text explains how the properties of the strings affect the frequencies that they produce. Also, the text shows how the strings, the body of the guitar, and the air inside the guitar work together to produce the sound. Links provide further information about guitar acoustics.

This webpage is part of an extensive website on Musical Acoustics that explores many aspects of sound and music, with explorations of several different types of instruments.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Waves and Pendula
- Instruments
= Stringed Instruments
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Student Guide
- Reference Material
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- Learners
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2001 Joe Wolfe
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Record Creator: Metadata instance created May 18, 2012 by Bruce Mason
Record Updated: May 20, 2012 by Ed Lee
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AIP Format
J. Wolfe, (2001), WWW Document, (http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/guitarintro.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
J. Wolfe, Music Acoustics: How does a guitar work?, (2001), <http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/guitarintro.html>.
APA Format
Wolfe, J. (2010, April 15). Music Acoustics: How does a guitar work?. Retrieved December 19, 2014, from http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/guitarintro.html
Chicago Format
Wolfe, Joe. Music Acoustics: How does a guitar work?. April 15, 2010. http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/guitarintro.html (accessed 19 December 2014).
MLA Format
Wolfe, Joe. Music Acoustics: How does a guitar work?. 2001. 15 Apr. 2010. 19 Dec. 2014 <http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/guitarintro.html>.
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