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Oval Holes

12 fret and 14 fret to body in various materials

There are two oval hole models. The most popular is the 14 fret to body - 670mm scale length model. This is the guitar Django Reinhardt preferred after its introduction in 1936. The other oval hole model is 12 frets to the body with a scale length of 640mm. 14 frets to the body gives easy access to the higher frets while the 12 fret to body model (with its shorter scale length) is liked by some rhythm players.

Oval Hole Close-up

Tonally, the oval hole models are the best balanced. They have the punch and projection produced by the unique soundboard construction together with warmth to the bass. This is a result of the relatively small soundhole, which lowers the resonant frequency of the guitar body.

Standard 14 fret oval hole model 14 fret oval hole model with Indian Rosewood back and sides

Standard 14 fret oval hole model with Indian Rosewood back and sides

Standard 14 fret oval hole model Standard 14 fret oval hole model Standard 14 fret oval hole model Standard 14 fret oval hole model

Standard 14 fret oval hole models

14 fret Mahogany model with Orgegon Pine soundboard 14 fret Mahogany model back

14 fret Mahogany model with Orgegon Pine soundboard

14 fret oval hole with Birds Eye Maple back, sides and neck

14 fret oval hole with Birds Eye Maple back, sides and neck

Quilted Maple back and sides

Quilted Maple back and sides

Transitional Model 12 frets to body in Birds Eye Maple with Spruce soundboard 12 frets to body with Birds Eye Maple back and sides 12 frets to body with Birds Eye Maple back and sides

Transitional Model 12 frets to body with Spruce soundboard and Birds Eye Maple back and sides