International Guitar Research Centre – Launch Symposium

Giving a paper on Guitar Stringing in Late-Nineteenth-Century North America and the Emergence of Steel, at the IGRC at the University of Surrey on 29 and 30 March 2014.

The paper examines the North American manufacture and use of guitar strings from the mid nineteenth century.  It surveys the types of strings offered in North-American musical merchandise catalogues and their representation in periodicals of the Banjo-Mandolin-Guitar movement, and traces the gradual emergence of steel as a string material