Custom 17-inch Oval Hole Archtop


    Serial No. 429-Built 2007

    I have built many archtops with oval soundholes over the years and I like their versatility. My usual Oval Hole guitar has the soundhole in the upper left bout which boosts the bottom end and sustain while creating lots of overtones.

    By locating the soundhole at the end of the fretboard the resulting voice is more like a standard f-hole guitar. It has good projection and strong mid-range but a slightly more open sound. The combination of red spruce top and eastern hard maple back produces a strong attack with good projection. This guitar would be right at home playing rhythm in a jazz band, or other styles such as blues, swing, gypsy jazz, etc. It has a great balance of power and expressiveness.


    • Adirondack spruce top
    • Eastern hard maple back, sides and neck
    • 1 3/4″ wide nut
    • 25.4-inch scale
    • Nickel Waverly tuners with ebony buttons


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