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if i put holes in a guitar and if i play it holding a combination of holes shut will different sounds emerge? Answered

I need to know this for my upcoming project that combines holes like in a flute and strings like in a guitar. thanks!!


My best guess is that you couldn't affect the resonance modes of a guitar enough to make that a usefully playable instrument. Simply resting a finger on the wood probably affects the sound more than the holes do.

Remember, the flute works because you are changing the length of the resonant column of air, selecting which resonance modes are reinforced or suppressed. A guitar doesn't have that kind of physics; the resonance of the body isn't linearized, and you're selecting resonance by changing the length of the string (and, to some extent, how/where you excite it, as demonstrated by the folks who drop a few ringing overtones into their performances).

There may be something one can do with the idea of combining the two kinds of instrument, but I haven't had any bright ideas yet.

The body of an accoustic guitar simply serves as a resonance cavity. Changing it will only affect sound quality not the note played, it will not even affect the tone that much. So the short answer to your question is no, the long answer is yes but not in any meaninfully beneficial way and most likely only negatively.

My guess is that it would change the "tone' of the guitar but not the pitch of the note played. Unless you go too far with the holes and make it too flexible.

Well, no, not really. Yes, different sound will emerge because you're now compressing the air in the holes by little bit more, but I wouldn't think it could be noticeable at all.

Remember that win instruments like the flute have different pitches when the holes are covered because it lengthens or shortens the distance for the moving air to travel. The only purpose of the guitar body, on the other hand, is to amplify the vibrations of the strings.