Liutaio Mottola Stringed Instrument Design

Woodworkers' Popup Units Conversion Tool / Calculator

Calculator converts to/from decimal inches, fractional inches, millimeters. Popups must be enabled for this site. From the Liutaio Mottola lutherie information website.

Did you know ....

.... you can click on most of the assembly photos on this site to enlarge them for a close look? Also, hovering the cursor over most linear dimension values will convert the values to decimal inches, fractional inches, and SI units.

My Lutherie Research Papers

If you've read many of the pages on this site you know that my opinion on formal scientific research of lutherie topics is that there isn't nearly enough of it. This dearth of research means there are a lot of holes in our knowledge of how instruments actually work. Some of these holes are quite big. Even in those subjects where research has been done we just don't have very much to go on. Lutherie is not a field which attracts big research money. As a consequence almost all research in this field is done by folks that are simply very interested in it, and they do it on their own nickels, too. I have been trying to allocate some time each year for research projects. Some of my published research papers can be found in this section of the site.

Initial appearance: August 2009
Last updated: September 15, 2017

Mottola, R.M. "Guitar Fretboard Camber and Action in the Context of String Bending", Savart Journal vol.1, #4, 2014


Mottola, R.M. "Visual Comparison of Ensemble Averaged Transverse Arching Profiles of Golden Age Cremonese Violins and Curtate Cycloid Curves", Savart Journal vol.1, #2, 2012


Mottola, R.M. "Comparison of Arching Profiles of Golden Age Cremonese Violins and Some Mathematically Generated Curves", Savart Journal vol.1, #1, 2011


Mottola, R.M. "Testing Threaded Inserts" American Lutherie #101, 2010, p. 54.


Mottola, R.M. "Blind Listening Evaluation of Classical Guitar Soundports" American Lutherie #96, 2008, p. 54.


Mottola, R.M. "Sustain and Electric Guitar Neck Joint Type" American Lutherie #91, 2007, p. 52.


Mottola, R.M. "A Listening Evaluation of Discrete vs Integrated Circuit Audio Preamplifiers in Stringed Musical Instruments", Journal of Musical Instrument Technology #23, 2003