The digital footprint of guitars

Carolan Guitar

So far, we have focused on the physical aspects of the Carolan guitar. What kind of guitar might it be? What kinds of patterns should decorate it? And how could these be embedded into its wood?

We also need to consider its digital characteristics. Our aim is to create a guitar that tells its own lifestory. But what might this include? Or more technically, what information should appear in our guitar’s ‘digital footprint’?

An obvious starting point is the story of its creation; the many details of how and why it was designed and built that we are capturing in this blog. This reaches far beyond the standard provenance information that comes with any guitar – the maker, model and serial number that are often found on the maker’s label inside the sound hole – to include a rich documentation of this individual guitar being made.

An example of a maker’s label inside…

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