Definitions

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  • n. A hole, shaped like a lowercase f, through the top surface of a string instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the openings in the upper plate of the body of the violin and similar instruments: so called from their resemblance to the Italic letter feminine See cut under violin.

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Examples

  • Doyle Lawson for example played a Randy Wood regraduated f-hole a-style mandolin of some sort, and Buzz Busby really made his a-style f-hole mandolin shine.

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  • It's hard to find a Loar-style f-hole / scroll mando in anything BUT sunburst.

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  • Work it around until you can get the end to come out an f-hole.

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  • I got to the cadenza, closed my eyes, tilted my ear closer to the f-hole and visualized that I was in my own living room.

    Violinist.com

  • But, once I've said that, I've found that, in general, the f-hole carved-top construction produces a more percussive sound, with a sharper initial attack and quicker decay, than either the oval-hole carved-top, or the oval-hole "flat" top types.

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  • Makes sense to me to have both an oval hole and an f-hole.

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  • I then tried the f-hole MT2, as a control, and found it was almost identical-sounding to the oval.

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  • Allen - Thanks, you put very clearly the differences you've found between f-hole and oval, and I'll keep that in mind the next time I get to play both side by side.

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  • A decent analogy is to listen to the sound of carved-top, f-hole "jazz" guitars, as against the flat-top, round-hole "folk" or "bluegrass" instruments.

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  • The Duff 'dola is the traditional Gibson scale, made onto an H4 box design with f-hole top.

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