SLOVENSKO

HRVATSKI

 

Samo Sali

Products Contact
 

 

Samo Sali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Samo Sali,
guitarmaker and Mechanical Engineer

 

   

Since his childhood Samo Sali was interested in engineering and music. His first experiences in handicraft were obtained at school for model makers.  As a 12-years old boy he saw a movie with a steam boat cruising on a mighty  Mississippi river. An irresistible need to make a model of such boat was born. Several months later this wish came true, the steam boat with a motor-driven wheels, illuminated cabins and position lights succesfully finished its first voyage on the neighbouring lake. The dreams can come true and that feelling should not ever be forgotten. Several years later a new dream was born and that was a moment when Samo Sali decided to dedicate his work to playing, researching, improving and manufacturing of the guitars. In 1993 he defended his diploma thesis about influence of cutting processes on the acoustic properties of wooden resonant boards at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Ljubljana. In the same year and at same institution he continued his career in field of guitar science as a researcher at the Department of Manufacturing Technologies. Better understanding of guitar acoustics was supported with 9 classes of guitar at Music school Vic-Rudnik between 1988-1996. In 1997 he successfully finished his Master thesis where he defined a unique criterion for guitar sound definition called "rule of consonance-dissonance" which was also published in scientific literature.  2 years later Samo Sali finished his Doctor thesis where he presented algorithm for guitar sound optimization. In 2002 he started a co-operation with Croatian guitar maker Mr. Mirko Hotko. In 2005 the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia granted him a status of independent guitar maker. Since then Samo Sali develops and builds Sali guitars in his own workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is also a member of advisory board at Savart Journal (http://savartjournal.org/index.php/sj/index ; science and technology of stringed musical instruments).

Samo Sali's early products.

 

 

 

 

All bibliography

 

Selected original scientific articles

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. The influence of different machining processes on the acoustic properties of wooden resonant boards. CAS j., 1998, vol. 3, no. 5, series II, p. 15-21. [COBISS.SI-ID 2580507]

  • KOPAC, Janez, SALI, Samo. The frequency response of differently machined wooden boards. J. Sound Vib., 1999, vol. 227, no. 2, p. 259-269. [COBISS.SI-ID 3439899]

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Measuring the quality of guitar tone. Exp. mech., 2000, vol. 40, no. 3, p. 242-247. [COBISS.SI-ID 3843867]

  • SALI, Samo. Frequency response function of a guitar - a significant peak. CAS j., 2002, Vol. 4, No. 6, series II, p. 31-36. [COBISS.SI-ID 5647131]

  • KOPAC, Janez, SALI, Samo. Wood : an important material in manufacturing technology. J. mater. process. technol. [Print ed.], 2003, Vol. 133, No. 1/2, p. 134-142. [COBISS.SI-ID 5167899]

  • SALI, Samo, Frederik HYNDRICKX. Modelling and Optimizing of the First Guitar Mode. Savart Journal, 2011, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 1. (http://savartjournal.org/index.php/sj/article/view/13)

 

Selected technical articles

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Sound improvement of a guitar with rule of consonance-dissonance and addditional brace trimming on a soundboard. Bilten - Slov. muzikol. druš., 1997, Vol. 8, p. 17-23. [COBISS.SI-ID 2533915]

 

Popular articles

  • SALI, Samo. About a guitar - from a tree to a sound. Part 1. EPTA bilt., 2001, No. 3, p. 87-89. [COBISS.SI-ID 4905499]

 

Selected published articles for a scientific conference

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Improvement of guitar sound by machining. V: KATALINIC, Branko (ed.). Proceedings of the 8th International DAAAM Symposium, 23-25th October 1997, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Vienna: DAAAM International, 1997, p. 293-294. [COBISS.SI-ID 2271259]

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. The influence of different machining processes on the acoustic properties of wooden resonant board. V: KEEFE, Douglas (ed.), ROSSING, Thomas (ed.), SCHMID, Charles (ed.). ISMA '98, International Symposium on Musical Acoustics 1998, Leavenworth, Washington, June 26 - July 1, 1998. Proceedings. Woodbury, NY: Acoustical Society of America; Montclair, NJ: Catgut Acoustical Society, [1998], p. 121-126. [COBISS.SI-ID 3727387]

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Modelling of frequency response function of a guitar. V: KATALINIC, Branko (ed.). Annals of DAAAM for 2000 & Proceedings of the 11th International DAAAM symposium "Intelligent Manufacturing & Automation: Man - Machine - Nature", University of Rijeka, 19-21st October 2000, Opatija, Croatia. Vienna: DAAAM International, 2000, p. 415-416. [COBISS.SI-ID 3990555]

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Measuring a frequency response of a guitar. V: WICKS, Alfred L. (ed.), DEMICHELE, Dominick J. (ed.). Proceedings of IMAC-XVIII: A Conference on Structural Dynamics, San Antonio, Texas, February 7-10, 2000, (Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference & Exhibit, 18). Bethel, Connecticut: SEM, 2000, vol. II, p. 1375-1379. [COBISS.SI-ID 3541019]

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Optimisation of guitar quality. V: CEBALO, Roko (ed.), SCHULZ, Herbert (ed.). 7th International Scientific Conference on Production Engineering, Lumbarda, KorCula, Croatia, June 14-15, 2001. CIM 2001 : computer integrated manufacturing and high speed machining. Zagreb: Croatian Association of Production Engineering, 2001, p. VI-129 - VI-137. [COBISS.SI-ID 4416539]

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Brace trimming for tone improvement of a guitar. V: WICKS, Alfred L. (ed.), SINGHAL, Raj (ed.). Proceedings of IMAC-XIX: a Conference on Structural Dynamics, Kissimmee, Florida, February 5-8, 2001, (Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference & Exhibit, 19). Bethel, Connecticut: SEM, cop. 2001, vol. I, p. 805-810. [COBISS.SI-ID 4185371]

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Positioning of braces on a guitar soundboard. V: WICKS, Alfred L. (ed.), SINGHAL, Raj (ed.). Proceedings of IMAC-XX: a Conference on Structural Dynamics, Los Angeles, California, February 4-7, 2002, (Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference & Exhibit, 20). Bethel, Connecticut: SEM, 2002, vol. 1, p. 709-715. [COBISS.SI-ID 4968731]

 

Selected published abstracts for a scientific conference

  • SALI, Samo, KOPAC, Janez. Optimisation of guitar quality. V: CIGLAR, Damir (ed.). CIM 2001, 7th International Scientific Conference on Production Engineering, Lumbarda, Korcula, Croatia, June 14-15, 2001. Computer integrated manufacturing and high speed machining : book of abstracts. [Zagreb]: Hrvatska udruga proizvodnog strojarstva, 2001, p. VI-129. [COBISS.SI-ID 4413979]

 

Other articles

  • SALI, Samo. Algorithm for optimisation of the acoustic response of wood : reports. Stroj. vestn., 2000, Vol. 46, No. 2, p. 136-141. [COBISS.SI-ID 3660315]

 

Diploma

  • SALI, Samo. Influence of cutting process on the acoustic properties of wood, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ljubljana, 1993. [COBISS.SI-ID 1010971]

 

Master thesis

  • SALI, Samo. The influence of cutting on the acoustic properties of wood, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ljubljana, 1997. [COBISS.SI-ID 1935131]

 

Doctor thesis

  • SALI, Samo. Algorithm for optimization of the acoustic response of wood, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ljubljana, 1999. [COBISS.SI-ID 3350811]

 

Cited in

 

Selected lectures about classical guitar acoustics

  • Guitar festival "Mörski festival kitare", Murska Sobota, Slovenia, 2005

  • Guitar festival "Mörski festival kitare", Murska Sobota, Slovenia, 2006

  • Guitar festival "Mörski festival kitare", Murska Sobota, Slovenia, 2007

  • Guitar festival "Festival kitare v Lipici", Lipica, Slovenia, 2007

  • Guitar festival "Festival kitare Kras", Skocjan, Slovenia, 2008

  • Croatian Society of Guitar Teachers "Hrvatska udruga gitarskih pedagoga", Varazdin, Croatia, 2008

  • Croatian Society of Guitar Teachers "Hrvatska udruga gitarskih pedagoga", Varazdin, Croatia, 2009

  • Guitar festival "ForumGitarre", Vienna, Austria, 2011

 

Future events

 


Sali Guitars