Archtop guitars are steel-stringed acoustic guitars with a distinctive "arched" belly and a sound particularly suited to blues guitar and jazz. They are also known as jazz-boxes or hollow bodies, although not all hollow body guitars are archtops.
The top (and often the back) of the archtop guitar are carved in a curved rather than a flat shape, and it normally has f-holes. This curve and f-holes are both similar to the violin family, on which they were originally based. Although any true archtop has a rich tone unamplified, most archtop guitars have some sort of pickup/microphone system, and many are intended primarily for this purpose and so may also be considered electric guitars. Most used on modern archtops are humbuckers in bridge and/or neck positions.
The archtop was invented by Lloyd Loar of the Gibson Guitar Corporation after designing a style of mandolin of the same type.
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(From Dales's bio)
I was born September 16, 1954, raised in Nazareth, PA, home of Martin Guitar. In my teens I became inspired by meeting some of the world's finest guitar builders. This led me to play guitar and become a builder. Visiting the shop of one of Martin's craftsmen encouraged me to buy one of his guitars. I was overwhelmed by the craftsmanship and ease of playing. At that point I knew I wanted to build an instrument of that quality. I started building acoustic guitars in 1977 in collaboration with friend Dick Boak.
One of the worlds finest classical guitar builders in the world is now one of the worlds finest ukulele builders.
Ukulele Hall of Fame Expo 2004 - I had the pleasure of playing a few of Augustino LoPrinzi's ukulele at the expo show September 2004 and the are amazing. Light, responsive and reasonable priced for the quality they are. they could easily cost $1000 more than the current price.
Here is a nice article titled The Duke of Uke from the St. Petersburg Times.
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