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Old 03-06-2019, 09:20 AM
Silly Moustache Silly Moustache is offline
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Hi, I'd see a similar differnce (is that a thing?) as the difference between Gibson F4 and F5 mandolins.

The F hole version is all about mid tone percussive projection. That's best for rhythm guitar in a dance band setting or X-5 style style mando in bluegrass.

The round hole is less projecting but a slightly (and it isn't enormously profound) "rounder" fuller sound.

This is a MASSIVE generalisation, but that is what I've perceived. I have three f hole archtops all very different :

but I still missed the '20s L-3 that I had to let go to pay my first mortgage (like this one):

Silly Moustache,
Elderly singer, guitarist, dobrolist and mandolinist.

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