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dc.contributor.authorGroves, Tom
dc.contributor.authorKemp, Jonathan Andrew
dc.identifier.citationGroves , T & Kemp , J A 2019 , ' Applicability of the capstan equation to guitar strings ' , Archives of Acoustics , vol. 44 , no. 3 , pp. 459–465 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 261336342
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 8cda2d62-77f2-4342-8a0f-9a50425ee21b
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85072179758
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-3861-4863/work/62311850
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000484374800005
dc.descriptionFunding: Physics Trust Summer Scholarship from the School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews (TG).en
dc.description.abstractThe effects of friction were observed in electric guitar strings passing over an electric guitar saddle. The effects of changing the ratio of the diameter of the winding to the diameter of the core of the string, the angle through which the string is bent, and the length on either side of the saddle were measured. Relative tensions were deduced by plucking and measuring the frequencies of vibration of the two portions of string. Coefficients of friction consistent with the capstan equation were calculated and were found to be lower than 0.26 for wound strings (nickel plated steel windings on steel cores) and lower than 0.17 for unwound (tin plated steel) strings. The largest values of friction were associated with strings of narrower windings and wider cores and this may be due to the uneven nature of the contact between the string and saddle for wound strings or due the surface of the windings deforming more, encouraging fresh (and therefore higher friction) metal to metal contact. It is advised to apply lubrication under the saddle to string contact point after first bringing the string up to pitch rather than before in order to prevent this fresh metal to metal contact.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2019 Polish Academy of Sciences & Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT PAN). This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence
dc.subjectCapstan equationen
dc.subjectMT Musical instruction and studyen
dc.subjectQC Physicsen
dc.subjectAcoustics and Ultrasonicsen
dc.titleApplicability of the capstan equation to guitar stringsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Music Centreen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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