Mark Blanchard

Handmade Acoustic Guitars

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During the construction process I draw upon a lifetime of experience working with both wood and metal. Through precision joinery and sensitivity to the woods mechanical properties, I am able to produce instruments that are both structurally sound and acoustically pleasing.


In addition to the traditional techniques of flexing the wood and listening to tap tones, I employ Chladni style acoustic evaluation. This techniques involves using a variable frequency sound wave to identify the resonances of a guitar top, back or assembled body. This information, combined with years of Chladni data collection, allows me to better control the acoustic properties of a given instrument.

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