Subject Tutor: Dr Nicholas Pyall
Nick has joined the Musical Instruments department as Subject
Tutor in the School of Creative Arts at the internationally
renowned West Dean College.
He 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 technologic al 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.