Subject Tutor: Nick Pyall
Nick Pyall builds guitars using hand tools. He specializes in instruments inspired by Viennese guitars of the early and mid-nineteenth century, including those with extra bass strings, and the mid-twentieth-century guitars of the North American 'golden era' of acoustic guitar making. Nick is also a player and teacher of the guitar. In recent years his passion for the instrument has led to him studying its development and societal history. In 2009, he was awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Council of Great Britain to pursue his doctoral studies. In 2010 he was awarded funding to take up a residency at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, as a British Research Council Fellow. He submitted his PhD thesis on The Influence of Nineteenth Century Viennese Guitar in North America in October 2013.