00:47F-Holes are soundholes shaped vaguely like the script lower case letter "f" and are found on violins, arch top guitars, mandolins and other acoustic instruments.
The F-Hole has been a standard of the violin world for more than 300 years. Now, it's become the standard of the archtop jazz guitar and mandolin worlds, as well.
These soundholes are not just for decoration. Attractive as they may be, F-Holes are also very significant in tone production. Their position near the edges of the soundboard allows the bridge to be located more nearly in the center (as compared to a central round hole, where the bridge must be placed downward toward the endblock), with the result that more of the top area is involved in sound production.
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