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  • Do guitars have a resonant frequency?

    I have my 12 stringer plugged into my tuner just sitting on a stand and I'm watching TV. The tuner reads B. When I dampen the strings, no reading. Then when I let go, the tuner registers a B. So I'm thinking this semi has a resonant frequency of B.

  • #2
    everything has a resonant frequency


    yeah this is what I was gonna say
    Gear:
    Cort m200 (with SD 59/JB combo)
    Ampeg Dan Armstrong
    Gibson Firebird Studio
    Gibson Explorer x2 (natural/white)
    Gibson LP studio
    Squier Tele Custom II
    Godin LG EMG
    Hello Kitty Strat
    Edwards LPC
    Jackson COW 6
    Jim Root Strat
    ESP Eclipse I DBSB
    Billy Corgan Strat
    50s Tribute Goldtop HB
    Squier Mini Strat
    Fender Cabronita Tele

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    • #3
      Multiple resonant frequencies
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      • #4
        They form really cool mode shapes at different frequencies too.


        If I was at my lab station I would paste pretty pictures for you to see.

        I found some stuff via google search.
        http://paws.kettering.edu/~drussell/guitars/es-335.html
        http://paws.kettering.edu/~drussell/guitars/explorer.html

        The second link of the explorer actually notes a similar B-frequencied response. Nifty.
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        • #5
          Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but, do luthiers take advantage or tune certain instruments to specific frequencies.

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          • #6
            Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but, do luthiers take advantage or tune certain instruments to specific frequencies.


            I dont think so... but the guitar making robots just might...
            Gear:
            Cort m200 (with SD 59/JB combo)
            Ampeg Dan Armstrong
            Gibson Firebird Studio
            Gibson Explorer x2 (natural/white)
            Gibson LP studio
            Squier Tele Custom II
            Godin LG EMG
            Hello Kitty Strat
            Edwards LPC
            Jackson COW 6
            Jim Root Strat
            ESP Eclipse I DBSB
            Billy Corgan Strat
            50s Tribute Goldtop HB
            Squier Mini Strat
            Fender Cabronita Tele

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            • #7
              According to one of the links above, the Explorer

              "Mode #5 - Torsional Mode (221 Hz)
              This torsional mode has a very low Q (which means a broad peak in the frequency response function). The width of this peak and its closeness to the B3 string (247 Hz) could be a problem."

              I don't know what that means, but it doesn't sound like Gibson built that guitar properly.

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              • #8
                Interesting.

                My acacia wood coffee table often resonates in G# if I leave the tuner on on it.

                Perhaps it was made by a luthier made redundant by guitar making robot.
                Ant the Les Paul Lover!

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                • #9
                  My IntelliTouch clip-on tuner defaults to B when there's too much extraneous vibration for it to be able to sense an individual string properly.
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                  • #10
                    My IntelliTouch clip-on tuner defaults to B when there's too much extraneous vibration for it to be able to sense an individual string properly.


                    Funnily enough, my clip on tuner is an intelli touch too.
                    It does like G# for my coffee table though, water my speakers throw out/up.
                    Ant the Les Paul Lover!

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                    • #11
                      Most of my tuners, regardless of guitar, will usually default to a Bb. That said, all of my guitars have a distinct resonant frequency; hit an A on my red custom, for example, and the thing practically shakes, it resonates so hard.
                      I'm in a band called Little Sluggers. Signature.

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                      • #12
                        i find that if the hi fi or tv have been blaring out a song in D and then suddenly stop my acoustic carry`s on ringing out a D note, my strat also seems to resonate on that note too, but any other note they don`t want to know.
                        Consternoon Aftable

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                        • #13
                          I dont think so... but the guitar making robots just might...


                          I think they try to avoid "deadspots" from resonances, by selecting builds that do not have major issues with some notes.
                          There are papers around on this.
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                          • #14
                            A block of concrete has a resonance frequency.

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                            • #15
                              My IntelliTouch clip-on tuner defaults to B when there's too much extraneous vibration for it to be able to sense an individual string properly.


                              My crappy little Korg does the same thing. Doesn't seem to negatively effect tuning operation. I always assumed it was a electronics phenomenon or the tuner losing it's mind a bit trying to latch onto a note.
                              Listen...

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