Musical acoustics class with renowned musician and instrument designed Lloyd Loar.
a treatise on musical acoustics and how to tune the structure of a stringed musical instrument. The book describes the work of Lloyd Loar and Stradivari.
Understanding how acoustic string instruments work.
Professor Lloyd Loar explains musical acoustics and the production of musical sounds.
Lloyd Loar explains how violin bridges work and how energy is sent to the soundboard.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Musical acoustics class with renowned musician and instrument designed Lloyd Loar.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, a treatise on musical acoustics and how to tune the structure of a stringed musical instrument. The book describes the work of Lloyd Loar and Stradivari.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Understanding how acoustic string instruments work.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Professor Lloyd Loar explains musical acoustics and the production of musical sounds.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Lloyd Loar explains how violin bridges work and how energy is sent to the soundboard.

The Physics of Music, Lloyd A. Loar

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Lloyd Allayre Loar (1886-1943) was a prominent musician, acoustical engineer, and consultant to Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company in the early 1920s and was awarded 13 U.S. Patents for his designs of musical instruments. As a consultant to Gibson, Loar fostered the development of the heralded “Artist Model” line which included the F5 mandolin, H5 mandola, and the L5 guitar. In his later years, Loar was a professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. We were fortunate to obtain  a copy of a student’s lab notebook from Loar’s widow, that was prepared during one of Professor Loar’s Physics of Music class in the summer of 1943. This must-have book gets you as close as you can be to Lloyd Loar to learn about musical acoustics directly from this master. All drawings and illustrations have been faithfully reproduced to ensure they are close as possible to what Professor Loar drew on the chalkboard.


• 8-1/2˝ x 11˝
• 42 pages, spiral bound
• annotated by Roger H. Siminoff
• fully illustrated