The Furch brand owes its existence to our desire to make top-quality instruments for the most discerning musicians. All Furch guitars are made with passionate love, painstaking care, and meticulous attention to detail. Our instruments are made from the highest quality tonewoods harvested in strict observance of responsible environmental practices. Combined with proprietary production processes and precision craftsmanship, the tonewoods we use provide Furch guitars with superb acoustic properties. We are committed to the continual improvement of the sound of our instruments, and to that end, we carry out research and development. The aim is to go beyond the current limits of guitar making by developing new technologies and production processes to bring our instruments closer and closer to perfection.
The Furch Guitars story began a long time before the company was officially established. In the 1970s, Frantisek Furch, a metalworker by day and a musician by night, faced the dilemma of complete unavailability of high-quality musical instruments in the then socialist Czechoslovakia. Because importing an instrument from overseas was too complicated and excessively costly, he resorted to his metalworking skills and used an old drum to make his first banjo. A few years later, Frantisek also made his first acoustic guitar, in the roundback style, with a spruce top plate from an old piano.
In 1981, Frantisek defied the authorities and set up a one-man garage-based manufacture to produce musical instruments bearing the “F” trademark, which has adorned, with some modifications, the headstocks of Furch guitars to this day.
During the 1980s, Frantisek made some 100 instruments, mostly roundback guitars with a composite parabolic body, as well as several mandolins. Frantisek’s work earned him the reputation of a first-rate guitar builder on the Czech music scene, and his instruments became the choice of many top musicians. Despite various restrictions imposed by the former regime, Frantisek was able to sustain his guitar manufacturing business and make it flourish.
Furch went through many changes and eventaully moved to a traditional factory.
Frantisek’s son Petr Furch joined the management of Furch Guitars in 2006, bringing together traditional manufacturing with his own area of expertise – the programming of state-of-the-art CNC production technologies. Petr has also taken over the management of the Research and Development Division, where he has overseen the development of an innovative composite neck design, a new lightweight bracing pattern that provides higher rigidity, and a unique UV finish application technology that reduces lacquer thickness while increasing hardness to achieve a more brilliant sound.
In 2018, the flagship line of Millennium instruments has been replaced with seven new color model lines – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet – reflecting the technology development of the company.
Furch Guitars is today headed by Petr Furch who continues to lead the company on a path of designing and producing top-class instruments. The company produces some 8,000 top-quality instruments annually which are sold on five continents with an extended three-year warranty
The Furch CNR Neck System
The Furch CNR System® consists of an adjustable truss rod placed inside a carbon casing. Combined with a high-precision manufacturing process, the innovative design translates into unparalleled stability of the neck joint and the neck along its entire length as well as supreme accuracy of neck relief adjustment. Because it is very rigid, the neck joint of Furch guitars does not need heavy reinforcements, which makes it much lighter than traditional designs. In addition, the absence of reinforcing components allows a larger area of the soundboard to resonate freely and produce better sound. All parts of the Furch CNR System are invisibly integrated into the neck.
- A fully adjustable dual-action truss rod for highly precise adjustment of the neck bow in both the convex and concave directions.
- A highly rigid carbon casing that maintains the neck in the set position over a period much longer than is the case with standard neck joint designs and, at the same time, facilitates a gradual bow in the neck, a factor of essential importance for playability.
- A casting made of special alloy located inside the neck heel that ensures a stable position of the neck and its angle vis-à-vis the body.
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