The soundholes are holes or piercings in the soundboard through which the sound emanates from inside the body. On the Minstrel, the standard soundhole is an S-shape, similar to the "f-hole" on a violin. On the redesigned Volksgurdy, the soundholes are under the keybox, so the traditional soundhole is not included.
Older Volksgurdy with S-shaped soundhole
Medieval style soundhole on a Minstrel
"Lute-rose" style soundhole on a Minstrel
Minstrel with medieval soundholes
Custom soundholes are available, such as the ones shown here. Because the soundhole is laser cut, any shape is possible, but it must fit inside a certain area (so that it doesn't interfere with the bracing and the vibrating area of the soundboard) and it must be sturdy enough to withstand the compressive force of the string pressure. Contact us to find out if your custom soundhole idea is practical.
Custom one-of-a-kind soundhole inserts -
New Volksgurdy with no soundholes on the tail section of the soundboard
Custom fleur-de-lis soundhole
Custom Tibetan cross shape soundhole
We also offer the traditional C-shaped soundhole, but we don't have a picture.
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