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The archtop electric guitar has long been an essential tool for jazz and blues musicians. They’re a great choice for anyone who loves the look of an archtop acoustic guitar but wants to get loud!

From iconic guitars like the Gibson ES-175 and Gretsch Country Gentleman to more modern interpretations of the classic archtop design from companies like Sadowsky and Marchione, find deals on new, used and vintage archtop electric guitars on Reverb.

What is an archtop electric guitar?

Whereas many acoustic guitars have a flat top, the top of an archtop guitar is, well, arched! It has a convex, bowed shape more like a violin from either being carved or the wood being bent in order to achieve its distinctive shape.

Most of the time, when someone thinks about an archtop guitar, they’re thinking of an archtop hollowbody electric guitar, or a semi-hollow body electric guitar. However, any guitar that doesn’t have a flat top is technically an archtop guitar, such as a Les Paul standard or guitars without sound holes like B.B. King’s Gibson Lucille or Brian May’s Red Special.

What are archtop guitars good for?

Though they can be played with essentially any genre of music, archtop electric guitars are most popular in jazz, blues, country, and rockabilly.

What are the differences between an archtop guitar and a flat top guitar?

When it comes to the sound of an archtop vs. flat top electric guitar, the sound of an archtop guitar will have more midrange, less top end, and, often, less sustain. This is especially the case for archtop guitars that are also full hollow body or semi-hollow.

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