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Thread #115668   Message #2478150
Posted By: Wesley S
28-Oct-08 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Mandolin-Oval vs. F-hole?
Subject: RE: Tech: Mandolin-Oval vs. F-hole?
Yes - It's really the soundhole that makes the difference. Many builders like Gilchrist say there is no difference in the tone between their A style mandolins and their F style body shapes. It's the soundhole. An A shaped mandolin can be found with either an oval hole or an F style soundhole. Same with an F style mandolin. So you have four basic choices:

"A" body - oval soundhole
"A" body - F shaped soundholes
"F" body - oval soundhole
"F" body - F shaped soundholes

There are others but probably 95 percent of the mandolins made fall into one of these four catigories.