The future of archtop guitars and professional luthiers looks bright. Music is more popular than ever, especially with the advent of the Internet. More and more musicians are able to reach a wider and broader audience thanks to how easy the Internet makes it to sell music and advertise upcoming albums and concerts.
Archtop guitars are as much in demand now as they were decades ago, and professional luthiers continue to push the envelope when it comes to the design of these instruments as well as the type of materials used to make them. Thanks to advances in technology, it is also easier than ever for musicians to share their ideas and inspiration with professional luthiers. There are many different websites that someone can go to in order to see their archtop guitar design come to life before it is actually made. You can point and click and customize every aspect of your new guitar to see what it will look like if you have it made.
Also, thanks to more and more musicians who are experimenting with the type of music they write and produce, we are now seeing archtop guitars used in new genres of music. Thanks to bands like Infected Mushroom and Papadosio, we are hearing bands that merge acoustic guitars and electronic dance music, coming up with a sound that is both traditional and experimental all at once. Their music is easy to dance to, but it still includes more conventional harmonies and melodies.
Professional luthiers are challenging one another to think outside of the box. Musicians want interesting looking archtop and electric guitars in order to have more of a visual appeal to their audience as well. Hybrid instruments are also gaining popularity: think ukuleles merged with guitars, banjos merged with guitars or even guitars that are both acoustic and electric.
We hope you enjoyed this three-part series about archtop guitars, their history, how they came about and what the future holds for them.
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