Date of Submission

Spring 2018

Academic Programs and Concentrations


Project Advisor 1

Matthew Deady

Project Advisor 2

Paul Cadden-Zimansky

Abstract/Artist's Statement

The development of the electric guitar during the 20th century was revolutionary for musicians and sound engineers alike. The advances in amplifying sound by way of pickups and amplifiers contributed to massive cultural movement in music, including Jazz and Rock 'n Roll. While the pickup is acknowledged as an integral component of the electric guitar, few players understand the electronics and mechanics underlying their instrument. This project aims to accomplish two goals with a focus on pickups: first, describe the physics behind the electric guitar's amplification process, and secondly, use this understanding to build a pickup for use in an electric guitar.

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