Orville Gibson, who gave his name to the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, was an innovator in both design and construction. With this guitar, he successfully demonstrated that an instrument with an arched top, rather than the traditional flattop, would produce a louder sound. Gibson borrowed the arched- or carved-top concept from the violin; however, the violin's f-shaped sound holes were not adapted to guitar design until the 1920s. The archtop guitar has been popular with both musicians and makers throughout the 20th century.
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