FRETS.COM Illustrated Glossary

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© Frank Ford, 9/1/99; Photos by FF

Yes, we're anthropomorphizing again. Most fretted instruments have a waist, the narrow part of the body between the hips and shoulders:

Actually, we don't call the lower bout the "hips" but we do often refer to the upper curve of the upper bout as the "shoulder."

This 19th Century guitar has a very pronouced waist. Compare it to the waist of a

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