Jon Kammerer Customs
Built by me, for you
My original thesis project was using alternative materials and shapes to refine how a guitar body transmits sound waves. After months of research, I came across the fact that in a traditional acoustic guitar, up to 2/3rds of the sound waves can bounce into a corner, bounce back upon themselves and cancel out. This is known as standing wave theory. Even worse, it's not an even cancellation. You can lose different amounts of different frequencies, wasting the energy produced by the strings vibrating the wood to give you your tone.
This is where the entire process started with me, acoustic guitars. In 1995, I was in my senior year of design school and we had to do a senior thesis project. You were to pick an area of industry, and redesign a product in it. You were also to make a prototype of this project.
I decided to start looking into different ways to move and channel waves of all types, sound, water, light. After much study, I decided that by utilizing a parabolic curve, I could focus where I wanted the sound waves to go in the body. By using opposing parabolic curves, I also eliminated all the corners and 90 degree angles that were causing standing wave cancellation.
After years of prototypes and starting production, I've always strived to keep innovating with the parabolic based shape. I have to body styles in my primary acoustic guitar line, the Canis Major and the Canis Minor. The Canis Major is based off of a dreadnaught profile, and the Canis Minor is based off of a classical guitar profile. Click on either of the links to learn more about each of these models.