Bodies Patents (Class 84/291)
  • Patent number: 10210846
    Abstract: An acoustic plate for a soundboard of a musical instrument, such as a guitar or other stringed instrument, comprises a front surface, a rear surface, and at least one peripheral edge. A plurality of dimples project away from the rear surface. Each dimple includes a dimple volume accessible from the front surface of the acoustic plate. Preferably each dimple is formed into a cone-shape, and may be of varying heights. An adhesive layer adheres the front surface of the acoustic plate to the inside surface of the soundboard. Such an adhesive layer is preferably comprised of an epoxy resin type of adhesive. As such, with the front surface of the acoustic plate adhered to the inside surface of the soundboard with the adhesive layer, the dimple volume of each dimple defines a sound modification chamber for modifying the sounds produced by the musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Linn Bailey, II
  • Patent number: 10032439
    Abstract: A stringed musical instrument comprises a bridge that receives a plurality of strings. The bridge comprises at least one internal pocket. In some embodiments, the bridge comprises a plurality of internal pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Ellis C. Seal
  • Patent number: 10026382
    Abstract: A string instrument comprising an instrument body, a neck, a bridge, and at least one string extending forwardly and rearwardly over the instrument body. The instrument body is topped by a sound table. The bridge may be removably located onto the sound table by virtue of a tension applied to the at least one string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Philip Shaheen
  • Patent number: 9972288
    Abstract: This apparatus and system provides an acoustic hollow body guitar which allows for the careful adjustment of the instrument neck to body relative angle of inclination and thus the string to fret distance (action height). This adjustment has the capability of being accomplished while the guitar is in the tuned state and in the playing position. The traditional wood jointing is abandoned and replaced by a guitar neck to body hinge-less mounting bracket assembly apparatus. This system employs a single adjusting nut/dial that is accessed through either/and a port in the side of the upper bout or the sound-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Douglas Wayne Baer
  • Patent number: 9916818
    Abstract: A semi-hollow body of a stringed instrument is claimed the body having nautilus shell-shaped tonal modifiers modified to receive piezo electric pickups. The tonal modifiers generally create a tonal distribution that enhance sound originating from the body cavity of the stringed instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Craig Howie
  • Patent number: 9852718
    Abstract: A stringed instrument body includes a top body having a groove/shelf engagement structure, and a back body having a corresponding shelf/groove engagement structure that is engagable with the groove/shelf engagement structure of the top body. When the corresponding shelf/groove engagement structure is engaged with the groove/shelf engagement structure, a projecting portion of the groove/shelf engagement structure of the top body projects within the back body and contacts a corresponding recessed portion of the shelf/groove engagement structure of the back body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Dan Kelly
  • Patent number: 9595244
    Abstract: A stringed musical instrument includes a string which, when vibrated, produces sound. Both ends of the vibrating portion of the string touch glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: GLASSTONES STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, LLC
    Inventor: Mark C. Payung
  • Patent number: 9520108
    Abstract: A guitar top includes a sound hole, a neck end that is configured for attachment to a guitar neck with a longitudinal axis, a heel end, a transverse axis normal to the longitudinal axis, and a bottom surface. The bottom surface of the guitar top includes a pair of longitudinal braces that are attached to the surface. The pair of longitudinal braces extend primarily along the longitudinal axis from the heel end toward the neck end and terminate at a point beyond the sound hole toward the neck end. Each of the longitudinal braces is positioned on an opposing side of the sound hole such that a distance between the longitudinal braces exceeds the diameter of the sound hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: TAYLOR-LISTUG, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Taylor Powers
  • Patent number: 9424818
    Abstract: A travel guitar having a neck and/or body that may assume a reduced profile configured to house or otherwise receive or coupled to a tablet computer (e.g. iPad by Apple, Inc.) and/or a smart phone (e.g. iPhone by Apple, Inc.) having one or more applications (apps) for driving the operation, functionality and/or effects associated with the travel guitar, and a string assembly capable of retracting or otherwise housing the strings to enable or facilitate configuring the travel guitar into a reduced profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: CIARI GUITARS, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Spangler, James C Lee
  • Patent number: 9305525
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interchangeable, custom-designed guitar faceplate and guitar body for an electric guitar which allows one to quickly and easily change the appearance, the sounds, the tones and the resonance of the electric guitar. The interchangeable, custom-designed faceplate houses all components and electronics needed for an electric guitar solely on the faceplate itself, so that the tone, sound and resonance characteristics of the guitar can be changed simply by substituting alternate interchangeable faceplates. Further, after assembly of the interchangeable faceplate with the guitar body, the unique configuration of the components and electronic wiring on the faceplate, in combination with the guitar body configuration, produce superior and enhanced sounds, tones and resonance when played by a guitar player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventors: Jonnathan Kang Park, Timothy Scott Emery, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9208756
    Abstract: A musical instrument includes a body having an outer shell, an internal cavity defined by that outer shell and a center plate dividing that internal cavity into a first chamber and a second chamber. In one embodiment, a foam core fills the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Troy Isaac
  • Patent number: 9082373
    Abstract: A stringed instrument can be manufactured with a neck that contains a back-side soft surface layer and optionally also a front-side soft surface layer, whereby the soft surface layers can increase comfort and enjoyment, and prevent, reduce or alleviate injury during play of the instrument. Alternatively, a standard stringed instrument can be retrofitted with an installable soft surface component, which can be fitted on top of the surface of the back-side of the neck of the standard stringed instrument. Further disclosed is a method of using a neck mounted soft surface layer with a standard stringed instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: David Kear
  • Patent number: 9082374
    Abstract: An ergonomic electric guitar includes a neck frets, a plurality of strings, and a body. The body includes a bridge having a nominal string anchor point for the strings, an upper bass bout including a front strap attachment mechanism having a front strap attachment point that is disposed within a predefined region. The body also includes a rear strap attachment mechanism having a rear strap attachment point disposed within a predefined region and a lower bass bout including a generally wedge-shaped region disposed between a medial portion of a front face of the lower bass bout and extending to a peripheral side wall of the lower bass bout and the lower bass bout extends substantially beyond a first arc and is substantially within a second arc. The strings extend in a first direction from the bridge to a distal portion of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Aires
  • Patent number: 9018500
    Abstract: A bracing structure for a soundboard for a musical instrument is disclosed, the bracing structure being a unitary sheet structure having a plurality of elongate semi-tubular elements. Each of the elongate semi-tubular elements has a length, a thickness, a width, a height and an interior resonance space. The sheet structure may be formed of two or more layers. The elongate semi-tubular elements function as traditional braces, however, the shape of the elongate semi-tubular elements may be modified to provide a desired tonal quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Publication number: 20150107435
    Abstract: A board for a stringed instrument which forms a front plate or a back plate of a stringed instrument, includes: a laminated plate that is obtained by laminating a plurality of veneers having a uniform thickness by an adhesive, at least one of the veneers having a different planar shape than the other veneers, in which the laminated plate is curved to be convex toward one surface side and has a thin portion and a thick portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kazuki Soga, Toshihisa Yamazaki, Tatsuya Hiraku, Hiroshi Nakaya, Kenichi Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20150107434
    Abstract: A board for a stringed instrument which forms a front plate or a back plate of a stringed instrument, includes: a veneer that includes a concave portion for partially reducing the thickness of the veneer, in which the veneer is curved to be convex toward one surface side. In this board for a stringed instrument, fiber of the veneer may extend along the curved shape of the veneer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: KAZUKI SOGA, Toshihisa Yamazaki, Tatsuya Hiraku, Hiroshi Nakaya, Kenichi Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20150101473
    Abstract: A soundboard for a musical instrument is disclosed the soundboard having at least one layer of material. In some embodiments the material comprising carbon fiber, fibrous laminate material, resin or a plastic matrix and combinations thereof. At least one bracing structure is engaged to the at least one layer of material. The at least one bracing structure comprising at least one layer of honeycomb or shaped core and at least one sheet of material bonded to the honeycomb or shaped core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Ellis C. Seal
  • Patent number: 9000282
    Abstract: A guitar has improved bracing. Specifically, some embodiments have radial main braces which do not intersect a center of a bridge plate. Some embodiments have radial main braces which are connected by web braces. Some embodiments have suspended main braces extending from the bridge plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jason Booth
  • Patent number: 8975502
    Abstract: A very efficient guitar design, light weight and having a body-mounted tuning system to assist with performance is disclosed. The guitar comprises two main components: an acoustic body and a housing. This separation is intended so that the acoustic body is isolated from the housing and free to vibrate. The guitar further optionally comprises seven strings, twelve-strings, a vibrato system and a retractable built-in stand attached to the back of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Rodulfo Delgado
  • Publication number: 20150059551
    Abstract: A soundboard construction for a stringed instrument having back and side panels includes an inner panel having a relief or recess structure impressed in the panel so that the impressions serve as support bracing when the inner panel is joined with an outer panel. This will result in a strong soundboard with consistent tone. The side panel can be integrated with soundboard or with the back panel as a whole. The inner panel includes integrated recesses by molding with a composite material at one time directly, and then combining the inner panel with the decorative outer panel to form the soundboard of the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Linn Bailey, II
  • Patent number: 8969692
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for compensating for string tension acting upon the body of an acoustic instrument. An acoustic instrument incorporating the string tension compensating apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Frank Sanns, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8957292
    Abstract: A stringed instrument having a body assembly including a fingertip locating feature is disclosed together with methods of manufacturing the instrument. The instrument body is characterized by a bottom surface, a top surface, and a bridge mounting location at the top surface adjacent to a heel end of the body. A neck connection interface end is located opposite the heel end, a string sounding area defined between the interface end and the bridge mounting location. The body assembly has at least a first underpitched feature extending a selected distance between the ends adjacent to the string sounding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Steven J. Zeren
  • Patent number: 8957291
    Abstract: A stringed musical instrument comprises a neck, a body and a neck joint. The neck has a heel comprising at least a wedge. Correspondingly, the body has a heel slot at a neck joint location along an upper bout of the body. The heel slot is complementary to the heel of the neck and includes a shaped pocket that corresponds with the wedge of the neck. The neck is attached to the body such that the wedge engages the shaped pocket of the heel slot and the neck is fixed to the body, e.g., using an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Gregg A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8907187
    Abstract: A stringed musical instrument with a guitar-banjo combination sound is an apparatus that is designed to be played in the same manner as a typical guitar but is also designed to be more portable than a typical guitar. The apparatus includes a sound box coupled to a guitar neck, which allows a plurality of strings to tensioned and connected along the apparatus. The sound box is configured to produce the guitar-banjo combination sound. The sound box includes a stretched membrane, a pot chamber, a channel, and a sound chamber. The stretched membrane is perimetrically connected around the pot chamber and is used to create the banjo portion of the apparatus's sound. stretched membrane resonates the air within the pot chamber, whose sound waves travel through the channel in order to be modified by the sound chamber. A bridge is used to connect the plurality of strings to the stretched membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher B Woods
  • Publication number: 20140345441
    Abstract: A chambered electric guitar body according to an illustrative embodiment of the present invention includes at least five contiguous closed chambers enclosed in the assembled monolithic top and bottom parts comprised of a generally solid material such as a metal. The autonomous dimensions of the chambers, cubic volumes, and thickness as well as the density of the material, allow customization of shape and guitar performance. This is accomplished by using the method provided to produce the monolithic structures using digital technology, CAD and CNC machining to achieve desired specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Walter Ostosh
  • Patent number: 8871321
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an ornamental purfling strip which has sufficient flexibility to be placed within a curved configuration. The ornamental purfling strips are sufficiently flexible to be placed, as a single unit, in curved channels which require the strip to bend. The flexibility results from a laminated structure comprising a layer of binding material overlain by an ornamental layer, with an adhesive or bonding agent attaching the layers together. The ornamental layer comprises a plurality of precisely placed breaks along its length. The binding material retains the individual fragments of the ornamental layer in the strip, but because the binding material comprises a flexible material, the layer of binding material is sufficiently flexible to allow the purfling strip to flex longitudinally and transversely. The ornamental layer may comprise organic shell material or synthetic materials such as synthetic opal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Ryan
  • Publication number: 20140311315
    Abstract: A musical instrument includes a body having an outer shell, an internal cavity defined by that outer shell and a center plate dividing that internal cavity into a first chamber and a second chamber. In one embodiment, a foam core fills the internal cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Troy Isaac
  • Patent number: 8772613
    Abstract: A stringed musical instrument body with a front plate having an integral cavity defined by a tail end inner edge, a neck end inner edge, a bass side inner edge, and a treble side inner edge is provided. The cavity cooperates with a back plate to form a resonance chamber. A method for making the stringed musical instrument body is also presented. In many instances, the stringed musical instrument is a guitar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Gibson Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Gembar
  • Patent number: 8766069
    Abstract: A device for facilitating the stringing of a guitar is provided. More specifically, a device is provided that includes a head portion with at least one member for contacting and maintaining a first end of a guitar string around a cylindrical axle of a guitar bridge while the other end of the string is being interconnected to the tuning pegs of the instrument. Thus, the tool facilitates the stringing of a guitar by, for example, allowing the use of both hands to interconnect a second end of the guitar string to the tuning peg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Bisheimer
  • Patent number: 8754311
    Abstract: Sound chests having a sound board connected to a hollow body which includes a bearing structure to which there is connected an outer shell are provided. In such sound chests the bearing structure includes a bottom wall or chest-bottom, and a top member or upper block, a central longitudinal batten or backboard, and two side battens or planks, which extend between the chest-bottom and the upper block, remote from and close to the sound board, respectively; and a plurality of longitudinally staggered, transverse stiffening members or bridges each of which is connected centrally to the backboard with its ends connected to the side planks. Methods for making such sound chests are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: N.S.M. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Armando Belmondo, Giorgio Peirano
  • Patent number: 8754312
    Abstract: A neck for a string instrument is provided with a shape that varies along the length of the neck to facilitate an appropriate hand posture at various longitudinal positions on the neck. The neck has a heel end for receiving a body of a string instrument, a head end relative to the heel end, and a fingerboard surface. Adjacent the fingerboard surface, the bass side of the neck is chamfered, relative to the treble side of the neck, from an intermediate position between the heel end and the head end of the neck toward the heel end of the neck, for accommodating a user's thumb when fretting in an upper register portion of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Darren Michael Wilson
  • Publication number: 20140144306
    Abstract: A stringed musical instrument has a molded sound box and neck where the sound box is formed of between 20% to 60% carbon fibers, or other suitable fibers, and a polymeric resin or binder. The composition of materials utilized in the sound box is selected to increase stiffness and to control the tone of the instrument. The sound box includes an adjustable attachment mechanism having a pivot which is used to secure the neck to the sound box. The sound box includes a molded bracing structure having a plurality of braces and a molded bridge having a plurality of pockets which are used to enhance the structure for the sound box and provide a desired tone quality for the stringed instrument. The neck may include a molded neck insert and a molded fingerboard which are used to enhance the stiffness and stability of the neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Ellis C. Seal
  • Publication number: 20140123829
    Abstract: A stringed musical instrument with a guitar-banjo combination sound is an apparatus that is designed to be played in the same manner as a typical guitar but is also designed to be more portable than a typical guitar. The apparatus includes a sound box coupled to a guitar neck, which allows a plurality of strings to tensioned and connected along the apparatus. The sound box is configured to produce the guitar-banjo combination sound. The sound box includes a stretched membrane, a pot chamber, a channel, and a sound chamber. The stretched membrane is perimetrically connected around the pot chamber and is used to create the banjo portion of the apparatus's sound. stretched membrane resonates the air within the pot chamber, whose sound waves travel through the channel in order to be modified by the sound chamber. A bridge is used to connect the plurality of strings to the stretched membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher B. Woods
  • Publication number: 20140116226
    Abstract: An electric stringed instrument includes: an instrument main body which includes a front surface including a structure configured to hold a string; and a pair of frames which are connected to the instrument body. At least one of the pair of frames is a movable frame rotating toward the other one of the pair of frames with a longitudinal direction of the instrument main body serving as a rotating axis while going around a rear surface side of the instrumental body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Konyo SAITO, Hiroyuki TSURUHASHI
  • Patent number: 8669458
    Abstract: A musical instrument includes a body, a neck attached to the body, a plurality of strings having first ends secured to the body and second ends secured to the neck, and a keyboard secured to the body. Optionally, each of the strings is associated with a plucker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventors: Gregory A. Piccionelli, Michael M. Gerardi
  • Patent number: 8648237
    Abstract: A mandolin having an integrated armrest provides a comfortable armrest while still allowing greater flexibility between the top and the sides of the mandolin, resulting in a construction which does not increase the rigidity of the connection between the carved top and sides of the instrument. Thus, in addition to providing greater comfort, the disclosed integral armrest has minimal negative impact on the sonic quality of the instrument, if any at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Roderick Keith Schenk
  • Publication number: 20140033892
    Abstract: A bracing structure for a soundboard for a musical instrument is disclosed, the bracing structure being a unitary sheet structure having a plurality of elongate semi-tubular elements. Each of the elongate semi-tubular elements has a length, a thickness, a width, a height and an interior resonance space. The sheet structure may be formed of two or more layers. The elongate semi-tubular elements function as traditional braces, however, the shape of the elongate semi-tubular elements may be modified to provide a desired tonal quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 8642858
    Abstract: A string musical instrument is provided such as a violin comprising a body in the shape of the baseball bat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn Donnellan
  • Patent number: 8642860
    Abstract: A musical instrument having strings and a soundboard, wherein the soundboard is excited by the strings by a transducer and is associated with differential stiffening mechanism defining at least two zones of the soundboard that present complementary vibratory behaviors. The two zones are separated by a slot extending along a common boundary between the two zones. The transducer extends across the slot so as to be connected to both zones of the soundboard, such that both zones are excited simultaneously when action is taken on one of the strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignees: Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
    Inventors: Charles Besnainou, Adrien Mamou-Mani, Joël Frelat
  • Patent number: 8633364
    Abstract: A musical instrument includes a top, a rigid front member with first and second seats and defining at least a portion of the front perimeter of the instrument, a back, a rigid rear member with first and second seats and defining at least a portion of the rear perimeter of the instrument, and a side extending between the rigid front member and the rigid rear member. The first seat of the rigid front member is adapted to receive an edge of the top, and the first seat of the rigid rear member is adapted to receive an edge of the back. The second seats of the rigid front member and rigid rear member are adapted to receive opposing edges of the side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Micheletti
  • Patent number: 8624095
    Abstract: A musical instrument has an instrument body with a neck extending from the instrument body and including a finger board thereon and eight strings arranged to provide the sounds of a Violin, Viola and Cello. The strings cooperate with two separate bridges for supporting the strings and communicating the sounds to two compartments within the body. The strings connect with tuning pegs carried on a peg support mounted at the base of the body. The body is shaped and arranged to be carried in the manner of a guitar and to cooperate with a curved bow with a center handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Terry Pukalo
  • Patent number: 8618387
    Abstract: A bracing structure for a soundboard for a musical instrument is disclosed, the bracing structure being a unitary sheet structure having a plurality of elongate semi-tubular elements. Each of the elongate semi-tubular elements has a length, a thickness, a width, a height and an interior resonance space. The sheet structure may be formed of two or more layers. The elongate semi-tubular elements function as traditional braces, however, the shape of the elongate semi-tubular elements may be modified to provide a desired tonal quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 8569602
    Abstract: Improvements in acoustical and stringed musical instruments (e.g., guitars) are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel R. Nash, Jason M. Nash
  • Publication number: 20130255465
    Abstract: A neck for a string instrument is provided with a shape that varies along the length of the neck to facilitate an appropriate hand posture at various longitudinal positions on the neck. The neck has a heel end for receiving a body of a string instrument, a head end relative to the heel end, and a fingerboard surface. Adjacent the fingerboard surface, the bass side of the neck is chamfered, relative to the treble side of the neck, from an intermediate position between the heel end and the head end of the neck toward the heel end of the neck, for accommodating a user's thumb when fretting in an upper register portion of the neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Darren Michael Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130255466
    Abstract: A bracing structure for a soundboard for a musical instrument is disclosed, the bracing structure being a unitary sheet structure having a plurality of elongate semi-tubular elements. Each of the elongate semi-tubular elements has a length, a thickness, a width, a height and an interior resonance space. The sheet structure may be formed of two or more layers. The elongate semi-tubular elements function as traditional braces, however, the shape of the elongate semi-tubular elements may be modified to provide a desired tonal quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: MCP IP, LLC.
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 8516703
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a musical instrument using relatively thin metal sheet materials is disclosed. A metallic back plate is provided that has a peripheral edge. At least one metallic side plate with a peripheral edge is provided. Each side plate may be bent to conform to the shape of at least a portion of the peripheral edge of the back plate. A neck block and a tail piece may each be fixed to the inside surface of the back plate proximate the peripheral edge thereof. The neck block is adapted to be secured to a neck to the instrument, and the tail piece is adapted to secure two of the side plates together inside the instrument. Each side plate is fixed, such as with the adhesive, to the back plate, neck block and the tail piece. A metallic top plate is fixed to each side plate, the neck block and the tail piece. To the extent that the top plate and the bottom plate overhang or extend outwardly from the side plates, the overhanging portions are then removed with a router or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Gina Gale Scarcella
  • Patent number: 8450587
    Abstract: A bracing structure for a soundboard for a musical instrument is disclosed, the bracing structure being a unitary sheet structure having a plurality of elongate semi-tubular elements. Each of the elongate semi-tubular elements has a length, a thickness, a width, a height and an interior resonance space. The sheet structure may be formed of two or more layers. The elongate semi-tubular elements function as traditional braces, however, the shape of the elongate semi-tubular elements may be modified to provide a desired tonal quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 8389835
    Abstract: A sound system producing characteristic sounds from an acoustic instrument is provided. The sound system may include a stringed musical instrument and an electronic audio subsystem. The stringed musical instrument may include a neck extending away from a body toward a head. A plurality of strings may be stretched from a bridge on the body to the head at a terminal end of the neck. The bridge may be coupled to a soundboard and operable for connecting the plurality of strings to the body. The electronic audio subsystem may include at least one distributed mode loudspeaker. The distributed mode loudspeaker may be attached to the soundboard of the stringed musical instrument. The distributed mode loudspeaker may induce uniformly distributed vibration modes in the soundboard. A power amplification device may be disposed inside the body of the stringed musical instrument to provide power to the distributed mode loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Sean Findley, Lynette Findley
  • Publication number: 20130042739
    Abstract: A bracing structure for a soundboard for a musical instrument is disclosed, the bracing structure being a unitary sheet structure having a plurality of elongate semi-tubular elements. Each of the elongate semi-tubular elements has a length, a thickness, a width, a height and an interior resonance space. The sheet structure may be formed of two or more layers. The elongate semi-tubular elements function as traditional braces, however, the shape of the elongate semi-tubular elements may be modified to provide a desired tonal quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 8378191
    Abstract: A bracing structure formed onto the underside soundboard surface of an acoustic musical stringed instrument comprising two bracing bars (1, 2) that are used to support the soundboard and bridge in an indirect fashion from strings directional load tension via a realignment of the strings directional load tension placed through adjoining triangular blocks (3, 4), which re-alignment of the strings directional load tension is taken at acute angles to the line of the strings and focused on a predetermined point found on the bars (1, 2) that are also placed away and at an acute angle to the line of the strings, the acute angling allowing for string vibrations to be largely diverted away from an otherwise direct load line and redirected into the soundboard via a thin half circular shaped block (5) and through several fine bar braces (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24) arranged in a somewhat spoke like pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Barillaro