Originally, the arch top instrument was designed by such early pioneer luthiers as Orville Gibson and Lloyd Loar to compete acoustically with the much louder band instruments like the horns and reeds before the days of electric pickups. The arch top design was capable of projecting a clearer sound with greater volume than its flat top predecessor. Designed for the acoustic jazz guitarist, the "Rose" model has a well defined, ringing tone rarely found in an arch top. It is a versatile performing guitar with a powerful projection and a clear voice making it an excellent guitar for both concert and studio work.
Pictured here is the "Rose" model with the Venetian cutaway. This model is also available with an oval sound hole instead of two "f" holes. In this soundboard design the guitar has a much mellower, deeper bass response, closer to that of the flat top, while retaining that punchy mid and high range particular to arch top instruments.