Plastic guitars may help rare trees out of the woods

Gordon Giltrap, one of the world’s leading guitarists, will next month give a free concert at Loughborough University in the UK. But this will be a concert with a difference, for Giltrap will be playing a plastic guitar. Developed at the university, the guitar is designed to reproduce the sound and feel of a wooden acoustic guitar. The soundboard is made of a polycarbonate foam rather than the traditional spruce. “If you inject different quantities of hydrogen into it you can replicate the densities of different woods. And it is not inert like plastic; it resonates,” says Alan Greensall,
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