Unlock your guitar's secrets in 'How Your Guitar Works.' Delve deep into the mechanics of music creation as this enlightening book peels back the layers of guitar sound production, revealing the scientific wonders that underlie each note and chord. In a symphony of knowledge, author Bill Foley takes readers on a captivating journey through the realms of wave function, component theory, magnetism, electricity, and pickup design. With an emphasis on a scientific approach to luthiery, the ALE Standard is introduced, igniting a fresh perspective on the craft of instrument-making. From the initial motion of a string to the note's full resonance to the energy structure's final arrival at the output jack, each stage of music creation is meticulously dissected. The book's first chapter delves into the very essence of wave motion and its role in string vibration and tone production. As the resonance of the instrument blossoms and the system finds its equilibrium, the reader is guided through the complete structure of guitar sound. Subsequent chapters uncover the historical evolution of guitar components over millennia, followed by an in-depth exploration of each part's role in energy flow and consonance creation. In the realm of electric guitars, the delicate dance of electromagnetism takes center stage, elegantly divided into chapters on magnetism and electricity. At the core of signal amplification lies the guitar pickup. Chapter six casts a historical lens on pickup design through the prism of US patent history, offering insights from some of the most brilliant minds of the past century. The journey concludes with comprehensive overviews of circuit components and wiring diagrams, accompanied by a meticulous schematic organization system. Citations, references, and further reading suggestions enrich the experience, while the appendix boasts a math review section, tables of commonly used symbols and abbreviations, and a treasure trove of string test data.