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Watch and read along to this Furch nylon string guitar review.
FURCH GNc4-CR - WOW, that's a lot of numbers and letters to try and decipher FURCH guitars. They offer a number of different series of guitars. Now, their nylon series is the Grand Nylon. The C in the name is telling us that it has a cutaway. The four is letting us know the level of the guitar. So in their nylon series guitars we're going to see twos and we're going to see fours. Fours are the higher end. They're going to feature a gloss finish as opposed to the twos, which are going to be more of a satin or open pore finish. And last but not least, the C, r, so C is telling us that this has a cedar top and R four rosewood on the back and sides. While we have the guitar flipped over right now, we can see that this has a mahogany neck. Some very nice tuners on the slotted open headstock right there.
We like to call these a hybrid or a crossover instrument. So normally with a nice long-string guitar, you're going to see a two-inch width and that's here. And we're also going to see usually a flat radius fretboard, meaning that the top of the fretboard has no curve to it going from bass to treble side as opposed to a steel string guitar. Now a steel string guitar is usually going to have a one and 11/16 or one in three quarter width and is going to have a radius fretboard and usually something that's not very flat but has a decent amount of radius and curve to it. Most acoustic guitars you're going to see anywhere between a 12-inch radius. Some guitars are going to see a 14 or 16 and some compound radius is they're going to go more close up to 20 as you get by the body. Now, being that this is a crossover instrument, this kind of splits the difference between your traditional nylon string and your traditional steel string guitar. So we're going to see a one in 7/8 width here and we're going to see a very gentle radius to the fretboard.
So this is going to be a great instrument for anybody that's looking to jump back and forth between a nylon string and a steel string. Being that this kind of splits the difference between the two, it's going to be easier for your hand in your mind, if you will, to kind of retrain where your fingers need to go. I know that some players that I talk to are they're very specific about what kind of nut they are comfortable with playing, but having something that's a little bit closer to a steel string might be a little bit easier for some players.
Moving on to the body of the guitar, cedar on the top is going to be a very excitable wood. It's definitely a warmer sound than less top end than spruce. But one of the advantages to this is it's very touch sensitive and very warm. So a cedar top is probably going to come to life and be a little bit easier to drive than a spruce top will. And as we have previously mentioned, Rosewood I really like is a tone wood on guitars. Now we like to call Rosewood in here the hi-fi sound. So lots of top, lots of bottom, definitely a very rich sound and definitely a nice option for somebody that's going to be singing because there's plenty of mid range for The Voice two to come through. I think this is a great guitar for somebody who's looking for a crossover instrument and definitely a nice alternative to some of the other crossover options out there. I've been very impressed by the first guitars. I don't think I've sent a single one back yet. I think they all sound fantastic, great craftsmanship and a killer price point.