From the nylon string hollow body to the overdriven Les Paul, all guitars—and musical instruments—operate according to the principles of physics. Physicist and guitarist Dr. David Robert Grimes, a postdoctoral researcher in Oxford University’s Department of Oncology, has applied the science of his day job to the techniques of the guitar in a new article published in the journal PLOS ONE. How devoted to the study was he? Here’s Dr. Grimes, via the Dublin City University website:
I took one of my oldest guitars down to the engineering lab to one of the people I knew there and explained that I wanted to strip it down to do this experiment. We had to accurately bend the strings to different extents and measure the frequency produced. He was a musician too and looked at me with abject horror. But we both knew it needed to be done – We put some nails into my guitar for science.
Read more at DCU’s site.