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IMO flat-tops lend themselves to a wider range of acoustic styles ie fingerstyle...


Archtops are wonderful and have great character and beauty of construction


Electric archtops are probably in a different league with their jazz orientation





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I agree that it's mostly the marketplace.


Back when I started a bit over 50 years ago, there was a bit of a vestigial market for archtops, but whether the young folkie or young rocker sort, anything but an archtop was one's purchase goal - the one possible exception being a semi of some sort.


Even then, a few electric archtops were sold, but there wasn't much market at all for acoustic archtops at all, at least not if they would cost much more than $100 U.S.



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