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Furch Guitars

The Furch logo

The first guitar with the Furch brand name on its headstock was built in 1981, the product of a small, secret 'garage' company in what was then Czechoslovakia. (At that time the communist regime prohibited all private enterprise, so founder Frantisek Furch pursued his passion underground.) He quickly became known throughout the Czech music scene as a premium guitar builder and his instruments were the choice of many top musicians.

In 1989, the Velvet Revolution and the fall of communism created today's Czech Republic and allowed Frantisek to realize his dreams without fear of government persecution.

By the year 2000, growing demand led Frantisek to acquire a 16th century mill complex in the village of Velke Nemcice, where he set about transforming the property into a modern factory facility. In 2011 the old mill complex held the 30th anniversary party of Furch Guitars.

The Furch offices
The Furch workshop

Today, Furch Guitars is led by Frantisek's son Petr who has brought a new generation of technology into the workshop to continue the firm's focus on quality and consistency. Under Petr's guidance, Furch instruments are now built with the optimum combination of technology and hand craftmanship.

The Minor Chord is proud to be an authorized Furch Guitars dealer. These are extraordinary instruments at a very reasonable price, representing excellent value.

Furch builds two lines of acoustic guitars:

  • The Vintage series has a traditional design, traditional body sizes and traditional voicing
  • The Millenium series is built in a more contemporary design, contemporary body sizes, and a more contemporary voicing

For more information about Furch Guitars and their line of instruments please visit the Furch Guitars website.

Current Inventory

As of May 4th, 2019 we have the following Furch instruments in stock. Click on a model number or just scroll down to see descriptions and photos of each instrument.

Stonebridge Guitars, the North American distributor for Furch, maintains an extensive web site with their full warehouse inventory and detailed information about each instrument. You can browse their inventory here. We can get any of these instruments for you in only a few days.

Custom orders are also possible. Contact us if you are interested.

Furch 'Vintage' 2 OM-SR-DB

The Furch brand is gaining momentum in the United States and The Minor Chord is proud to be on the forefront of bringing these excellent guitars to our customers. Representing exceptional value for the money spent, this latest Vintage 2 OM-SR-DB hits it right on. Just strum one 'G' chord and you'll realize the fullness, quality, and balance of the instrument.

Constructed of all quality woods, the rosewood/spruce combination sounds fantastic. With the deep body option, one notices a bit more fullness and projection than a straight OM. Nice medium carve neck profile with the 1-3/4 inch nut width feels great.

The herringbone trim and rosette with the gold Gotoh tuners and M.O.P inlays brings out a simple elegance. At $2,199.00 in the Hiscox hardshell case, it's hundreds below what one would expect to pay for a competing brand.

The specs:

  • OM Deep Body shape
  • Solid Indian Rosewood back and sides
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Semi-gloss finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Mother of pearl diamond inlays
  • Herringbone trim and rosette
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Gotoh gold open gear tuners
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Hiscox hardshell case included

Blue OM-CM

Our newest Furch to arrive has so far been our best-selling style model. The OM body shape is a go-to for a versatile, all-around instrument. No problem handling heavy strumming or subtle fingerpicking.

This particular cedar top is a bit brighter than others right out of the gate we've noticed, but it will surely warm up with time. Really nice full projection of sound. The open-pore finish is understated and feels excellent.

Smooth to slide around without the drag of gloss. At well under $2,000 for an all solid OM with quality woods, it's easy to see why these Furch models have been popular. Deluxe Furch gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in the Czech Republic
  • OM body size
  • Solid African mahogany back and sides
  • Solid Western red cedar top
  • Open-pore finish
  • Tortoise binding
  • African mahogany neck
  • Soft V neck profile
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Small dot inlays
  • Tusq nut
  • 1.77 inch nut width
  • Ebony bridge
  • Tusq compensated saddle
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Furch deluxe gig bag included

'Vintage' OM-SR

Fresh to arrive is our newest offering from Furch, a Vintage Series OM in Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce.

This combination of shape and tone woods has for a long time now been a go-to for many players. It will pretty much handle most of what you throw at it, aggressive strumming, fingerstyle, etc. Nice balance of tone from lows to highs, already in a few days the guitar is opening up and becoming more warm sounding.

At $1,999.00 with a quality Hiscox hardshell case included, this guitar should be highly considered if you're thinking of any other brand OM in these woods.

The specs:

  • Made in the Czech Republic
  • OM body size
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Hand brushed finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Pearl dot fretboard inlays
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • Cream binding
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Hiscox hardshell case included

Vintage OM30SM

Here is our first 'Vintage Series' model 30 instrument: The OM30SM.

Here at The Minor Chord, we are huge fans of the OM shape - we consider it perhaps the best all around go-to shape for many styles of playing. This guitar features solid mahogany back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top, rosewood bridge and fretboard, 1.77 inch nut width (just a shade over 1-3/4 inches), a slim comfortable neck profile, tapered X-bracing, a teardrop style pickguard, and a satin open-pore finish.

Right from the start, the sound and feel of Furch guitars will truly make you wonder why some of the other makers charge so much more. The solid feel of the Furch craftmanship is apparent the first time you pick up the instrument and play. Great consistency all the way up the neck, awesome action and intonation.

The mahogany and Sitka wood combination and the satin-finish body and neck yield a very nice clear and dry sound that is very different than the OM31SR-DB shown below.

You can find more photos and an audio recording of this guitar here.

Although not so well known in the U.S., Furch has already established its name around the world. Come down and see why!

Hiscox hardshell case is included.

'Vintage' OM31SR-DB

The next model up in the Furch 'Vintage' series is the model 31. Here we have our first example: the OM31SR-DB.

This model maintains the OM profile like the OM30SM, except the 'DB' stands for "deep body". Where the OM30SM measures a 3-3/8 inch body depth at the upper bout and 3-15/16 inches at the lower, the OM31SR-DB measures considerably more at a 3-11/16 inch depth upper bout and 4-7/16 inches at the lower bout. Sitting behind the guitar playing, one certainly notices that it plays a bit bigger than the OM30SM but is still much more comfortable than a Dreadnaught or Jumbo. Voila - lots of sound from a comfortable OM-size guitar.

Our OM31SR-DB features all solid Indian rosewood back and sides with a nice book-matched figure, a solid Sitka spruce top, ebony bridge and fingerboard, mahogany neck, 1.77 inch nut width (just a shade over 1-3/4 inches), tapered X-bracing, a teardrop style pickguard, a semi-gloss hand rubbed lacquer finish on the body and a satin finish on the neck. The neck profile is a bit larger 'C' shape than the slim OM30SM but not nearly as big as a chunky "vintage style neck".

As with the OM30 above, one immediately notices the rock-solid feel and excellent intonation. The deep body along with the solid rosewood and sitka spruce wood tonewoods deliver a really nice full but balanced sound. When strummed it's as if the guitar is compressed, everything really fits nicely together as one. When fingerpicked, each string really begins to shine with a sound of its own.

You can find more photos and an audio recording of this guitar here.

We are very impressed with the quality of these Furch instruments and we think you will be too!

Hiscox hardshell case included.

Millennium G23CR Cutaway

Our first Furch 'Millennium Series' guitar does not disappoint! Going for a more modern look and styling compared to the Furch 'Vintage Series', this Millennium Series G23CR Cutaway features all solid Indian rosewood back and sides and a solid Western cedar top.

The specs: Honduras mahogany neck with ebony fretboard, a 25.563 inch scale (just over 25-1/2 inches) and a 1.77 inch nut width (just over 1-3/4 inches). Ebony bridge, tapered X-bracing, Paua abalone inlays, K&K Pure Mini passive pickup, and a beautiful hand-rubbed semi-gloss lacquer finish.

Playing smaller than a dreadnaught but slightly larger than a traditional OM, the Furch Grand Auditorium is comfortable but still delivers some great tone. The cedar top and rosewood sides are a go-to-combination for fingerstyle playing, and this guitar demonstrates why. Warm and clear in the bass and midrange, with a nicely balanced treble. Overall, the tone rings out well even in higher positions.

We chose the K&K Pure Mini pickup because it lets the guitar speak for itself. The sound in both acoustic and plugged-in modes is very similar, which is not always the case with competing acoustic pickup designs.

You can find more photos and an audio recording of this guitar here.

Come see why discerning players from all around the world are choosing Furch acoustics.

Hiscox hardshell case is included.

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