The top on my guitar was carved to match 9-1165. It dips well below the binding until you get closer to the butt of the guitar, where it pretty much flattens out.People sometimes wonder whether the recurve on these guitars dips down below the level of the binding. Certainly not all of the Historics do this, and it's been a hot topic around here at times by those complaining about the top carve not being vintage accurate. Here's a little experiment I did on my original finish '53/'57 conversion to show the actual dip in the recurve area:
No. I'm not biting.
I am a model of self-control.