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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 3-Chord-Genius, Nov 22, 2020 at 12:39 AM.

  1. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    So I picked up this Peavey JF1-EX semi-hollow guitar on trade, and when I told my wife that the holes on the body are called "f-holes", she busted up laughing. I noticed while looking at them, they (to my eyes) seem to look more like a cursive S than a cursive F, and said that they should call them "s-holes"... at which point we both lost it! So I started doing some research, and it turns out that they actually were called "s-holes" initially.

    http://blog.feinviolins.com/2013/04/why-f-holes.html
     
  2. Cheap Trills

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    I don't agree with that author's conjecture. They've always been F holes, at least that design. I've seen C holes in stringed instruments. They looked like C's. just like the standard F hole looks like an f. I thought it stood for fortissimo, but maybe that's just something an old music teacher told me.
     
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    This one is shaped like a capital D:
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    How do luthiers describe this guitar feature?
     
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    According to the article, the shape of the holes remained consistent; it was the style of cursive that changed over the years. So initially, the holes more closely resembled an "S". Later, the style of writing changed, whereas the shape of the holes did not - the result was that the holes were renamed "f-holes" as the letter "F" was now more similar to the shape of the holes.
     
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    Nice D-Hole!
     
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    This one's shaped like.....welll....no letter in the english alphabet, but I absolutely love it, especially when its bound :)
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    wait, are we even allowed to post those here....?
     
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    Similarly we read that folks used to say Ye meaning The.
    Signs saying stuff like "Ye Olde Gift Shoppe" came from that mistake.

    That comes from an often used letter that looks like a Y with a small e on top, presumably pronounced "Ye".

    What that really showed was a thorn, not a Y, and the thorn represented the Th sound, combined with the small e on top it was pronounced "The" as in Th (thorn) + e.

    Looked like Ye to later generations.
     
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    ... and this was the guitar that started the whole conversation. I got it on a trade a few days ago, and I'm luvin' it! But you can see why I suggested they should be called "s-holes", and this was before I discovered that they were in fact called that in the beginning.
    ff.jpg
     
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    I call 'em sound holes...I don't care what the F comes out of them :twisted:
     
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    Well I am 70 and when I started learning to read and write in my Scottish primary school way back in the 50's the shape of the f-holes on your guitar was exactly how we were taught to write a small or little f as compared to a capital F, with a curl at the top and bottom and a line through the middle.
     
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    Cool guitar!
    I wish more 335-type guitars had the pickup selector switch “up top”.
    Washburn, some Hofner Verithin, and the Les Paul Signature have it up top, too.
    Thanks for listening.
     
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    1950s. Eyebrows?
     
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    So many holes, different shapes and sizes!

    I like em all.

    There are different amounts too. My son's viola has two holes, my thinline's got only one.. it's larger though.
     
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    Ok, I thought this was a thread about the band ‘Hole’ and I jumped on here to agree.... boy, do I feel silly...
     
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    ..... that looks like an f to me. maybe not in our modern typing/screen world, but that looks like an f in my handwriting.
     
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    A few variations.
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    In my case, when I'm playing it's usually S that comes out of them.
     
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