Designed by the great Orville Gibson the vintage archtop guitar is widely known for its great sound quality and historic value. Introduced in the early 1920's by Gibson, these guitars were carved from a single block of wood. Gibson believed that the less stressed the wood was, the better vibration the guitar would have, making the sound quality superior to other models of guitars. Most of the early models are identifiable by the oval sound hole and the similarity in the tail pieces and bridges being consistent with the look of a cello's bridge and tail piece.
The vintage archtop guitar is commonly associated with jazz music and orchestras due to its ability to produce loud sounds when competing with horn instruments. While many years have passed since the introduction of the archtop guitar, many companies still use this style and design when crafting modern guitars.