FRETS.COM Illustrated Glossary

It's a guitar body
© Frank Ford, 9/1/99; Photos by FF

It's slang.

A flat top guitar, especially a dreadnought used for flatpicking, is often called a "flat top box" by slang wielding country pickers:

The term "jazz box" is often used to mean "arch top f-hole guitar" used for playing jazz music:

Come to think of it, I rarely hear jazz players using the term "jazz box." Mostly I hear it used by players of other styles of music. I've never heard it used derisively, by the way.

Guitar makers and factories often use the term "box" to mean a guitar body in production: "This week we're making a lot of boxes; next week we'll do the necks."

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