Dr. Nicholas Pyall
Subject Tutor Musical Instruments
Nick specialises 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. In recent years
his passion has led to him studying the instrument's development
and societal history.
Nick's PhD thesis on The Influence of Nineteenth Century Viennese Guitar in North America examines the technological developments of the nineteenth-century guitar that provided the basis for the emergence of the steel-strung instrument. It investigates changing use, cultural significance and shifts in social association, during this period.