Designs and The Zorzi Guitar
One of my favorite sources for guitar making history is the book, ” ACOUSTIC GUITARS: THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA”. In this book, I found the modal Style B Archtop Acoustic Guitar.
This double point Venetian body shape was designed by an Italian-born violin maker named Joseph Zorzi (1878-1977) who supervised archtop production for “Kay Kraft Instruments” between 1927 and 1934.
This design caught my eye and although it is an Archtop, I could see it had potential for the shape of a Flattop design. Aside from the archtop, another change from the Zorzi design would be to modify the upper bout to accommodate a cutaway to allow access to the higher frets. I also smoothed out the outline creating a more “teardrop” look to the lower bout. With the extended size of the lower bout, I decided to decrease the overall size to a small jumbo. This also placed the bridge more in the center of the lower bout.