Savart Journal

The Savart Journal is a multidisciplinary open access online micro journal featuring peer reviewed research articles and research notes on all aspects of the science and technology of stringed musical instruments, bowed and plucked. Full text of all articles is available for all readers. Readers do not need to register or login to view articles. Articles are published continuously as they are received and reviewed.


The journal is named after and inspired by the work of 19th century French physicist Felix Savart, an early researcher in the acoustics of stringed musical instruments. The Savart Journal is made available through the efforts of volunteer editorial and review staffs.

Savart Journal

Call for Papers

Submissions of research articles on all aspects of the science and technology of stringed musical instruments are requested for the Savart Journal. Topics include instrument acoustics, psychoacoustics, preference testing, general physics of stringed musical instruments, geometry and proportion of instruments, manufacturing technology, stringed instrument music synthesis, etc. Research on materials, including finishing materials and adhesives is also appropriate for the journal. These are just a few examples of topics appropriate for the journal. All topics in science and technology as applied to bowed and/or plucked stringed musical instruments are suitable for inclusion.

Recently Published

Feature Article

Analysis of violin combination tones and their contribution to Tartini's third tone PDF
Gabriele Caselli, Giovanni Cecchi, Mirko Malacarne, Giulio Masetti

Other Recent Articles

Comparing Subjective and Objective Data from a Pool of Classical Guitars PDF
Mark French, Laura Lydy, Miles Crawford
Three millennia of tonewood knowledge in Chinese guqin tradition: science, culture, value, and relevance for Western lutherie PDF
Wenjie Cai, Hwan-Ching Tai
The Effect of Finishes on the Vibration Properties of Spruce Guitar Soundboard Wood PDF
Howard Page Stephens
Investigation of Play-Wear Damage on Steel Music Strings Using Atomic Force Microscope and Low Level Resistance Method PDF
Ferhat Bülbül, Tevhit Karacali
Effect of Vibration Treatment on Guitar Tone: A Comparative Study PDF
B.M. Clemens, Jay Kadis, Daniel Montgomery Clemens, Eli John Pollak, P. Clark, James R Groves
Guitar Fretboard Camber and Action in the Context of String Bending PDF
R.M. Mottola
Frequency Response Evaluation of Acoustic Guitar Modifications PDF
D.P. Hess

Recent Research Notes

An Improved Body Shape Definition for Acoustic Guitars PDF
Mark French
A Note on a Geometric Method for the Guitar's Contour PDF
Ricardo Ruiz Boullosa