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K-Lab: Getting to the bottom of tone.


In 2014, we established the first-ever research laboratory dedicated to the analysis and perfection of stringed music instruments, and their associated amplifiers, loudspeakers, and effects processor. Known as The K-Lab, we have one-of-a-kind custom made electroacoustic analysis equipment and test fixtures that allows us to examine in the most minute detail every aspect of tone.

We can see the innermost workings of a guitar pickup, revealing details about its tone that have been previously unknown or not fully understood.
Whether we’re studying a guitar pickup, tone wood, a new loudspeaker, or the tonal differences among different amplifier circuits, we begin by subjecting the device under test to three different measurement that feature MLS, wavelet analysis & LogChirp analysis using either pseudo-random noise or logarithmic chirps as stimuli, depending on the data set requirements, along with straightforward Sinusoidal Sweeps.

A combination of FFT, RTA and ‘Live’ Transfer Function measurements, combined with Leq and 1/125-octave frequency analysis, permit us to view physical phenomena associated with music instruments and their components (such as: frequency response, impedance, linearity, multiple forms of distortion, and component/material-level non-linear behaviors), from three different points of view simultaneously.

This holistic approach is validated by the consistency of these measurements. Ask any expert technician, achieving unambiguous consistency is the correct approach that a researcher should always adopt.
Beginning in 2016, we have decided to make our unique research avaiulable for other luthiers who wish to perfect their sound. Contact us today for further information.