This is where we first introduced the Top Cut with the integrated soundhole. In an Acoustic Bass.
Wanting to maximize the top’s surface in order to move as much air as possible meant moving the soundhole to the edge. But the customer had requested a cutaway, which of course literally takes the bottom out of a section of the body. As a solution, we invented the Top Cut, which slopes down the treble side of the upper bout without sacrificing a section of the back. And while we were at it, we decided to use the Top Cut area as a perfect location to move the soundhole as well.