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Modern Guitar Innovations – 1922 – F-hole Archtop Guitar

Maybelle Carter's GuitarLloyd Loar, like Orville Gibson before him, took design principles from the violin family and applied them to mandolins and guitars. He designed the first guitar with F-holes instead of a round sound hole, the L-5. He applied the same princliple to the F-5 mandolin, which has become the standard design used in Bluegrass music.

The Gibson L-5 has been in production in various variations since its introdcution in 1922. Among famous guitarists to play an L-5 are Wes Montgomery, Scotty Moore, Lee Ritenour, Pat Martin, Tuck Andress, Maybelle Carter and briefly Django Reinhardt.

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