Our friends at Orfeo magazine have just published the English translation of a speech given in 1998 by the great luthier Daniel Friederich to the French Society of Acoustics Congress, held at the Cité de la Musique, Paris. One of Orfeo’s readers, Cristiano Borges, translated the speech. This article by one of the titans of 20thy century luthiery, entitled “The classical guitar soundboards and their bracing: The luthier´s dilemma – symmetry or asymmetry in the structural design of the soundboards”, will be of great interest to luthiers, but also to anyone who loves the guitar and its history. You can read the entire speech, which features many illustrations, photos and diagrams, by clicking here.

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