Research and development

We are always on the hunt for ways to improve our guitars. Get to know our research and development projects!

Quantifying wood properties

An accurate quantification of the properties of wood will enable us to analyse its influence on the quality of the final product, enabling us to select and process wood in a better way, with the goal of using it to its maximum potential. 

An analysis will be conducted to create even stricter in-house norms for adequate materials and optimal manufacture practices. The analysis will also allow us to set a quality control structure for each operation within the manufacturing process to reduce losses caused by using acoustically inadequate, dry or badly-processed materials.

Ultimately, quantifying the properties of wood will help us determine its influence on the resulting sound of the instrument, which can be caused by thermic modification, changes to the surface of the wood or other processes which could be considered as actively influencing the sound.

Improving the initial sound of new instruments

A newly-built instrument is internally bound by invisible tension, pressure, internal friction, and weak bonds which restrict the full potential of the instrument. In our experience, the full potential of a guitar is only achieved after intense playing and tuning. In laboratory conditions, we will experiment with breaking new instruments in through intense stimulation of the guitar’s bridge. This will create strong vibrations within the whole instrument, simulating long-term use of the instrument. 

We expect that this process will loosen the bonds causing imperfections from the manufacturing process. These imperfections can dampen the sound and cause disruptive sounds, and getting rid of them will open the full sonic potential of the guitar right from the moment of purchase and let us identify further defects within the body of the guitar before being shipped away.

Analyzing sound characteristics

Determining the influence of experimental changes to the materials used by measuring acoustic variables on finished instruments. 

By analysing repeatable sounds and vibrations, we can evaluate the sound characteristics of the guitars using several absolute or relative physical values, such as acoustic pressure, the spectral composition of a tone, and the length of decay and reverberations within the body of the guitar. These do not contribute to the sound, which simply put can be considered a loss.  

Názov a sídlo prijímateľa: DOWINA, s.r.o.,  Medená 16, 811 02 Bratislava

Názov projektu: Výskum a vývoj inovovaného produktu – akustickej gitary

Kód projektu v ITMS2014+: 313022W068

Výzva – kód Výzvy: OPVaI-MH/DP/2018/2.2.2-20

Operačný program: Integrovaná infraštruktúra

Spolufinancovaný fondom: Európsky fond regionálneho rozvoja (EFRR)

Prioritná os: 10 Podpora výskumu, vývoja a inovácií v Bratislavskom kraji

Cieľ projektu:  Účelom realizácie inovačných aktivít je produkt s unikátnymi vlastnosťami. Tým sa myslí akustická gitara kvalitatívnou úrovňou zvuku  predstihujúca cenovo  porovnateľné produkty na trhu, pričom je pohodlná na hranie, spoľahlivo odoláva rôznym klimatickým podmienkam interiéru v priebehu roka a  je vyrobená s vynikajúcou úrovňou spracovania detailov, povrchovej úpravy a použitým materiálom

Začiatok realizácie hlavných aktivít projektu: 07/2020

Ukončenie realizácie hlavných aktivít projektu: 05/2023