Welcome to the instruments pages of Stonebridge and Furch guitars. We invite you to take a few quick minutes to go through the following overview, which will explain how the overall production of the line is structured and how the instrument and option codes work. There are several standard features to choose from or use as a starting point for building your own personalized guitar with almost limitless design possibilities. It’s all up to your imagination if you want to create your dream guitar.
Yes. STONEBRIDGE & FURCH are one and the same. All instruments are now available in North America in either brand. Your choice!
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The first thing to know is that all the guitars are divided into just two main categories. They are the Vintage Line and the Millennium Line.
The Vintage Line is comprised of five build levels. They are named with series numbers 30 to 35. As the numbers go up, the instruments become increasingly deluxe, with finer appointments, higher grade tone woods and more attention to “hand voicing”. This line is inspired from American heritage guitars and include design features such as herringbone purflings, tortoise or dalmatian pick guards, traditional headstocks and bridges. The body sizes for the Vintage line are shown in the diagram below.
The Millenium Line is also comprised of five build levels. They are named with series numbers 20 to 25, and as well, as the numbers go up, the instruments become increasingly deluxe in all aspects. This line is inspired from contemporary and original designs and so the instruments are therefore much more modern in appearance and form. The body styles for the Millennium Line are shown in the diagram below.
Understanding the codes:
To help you easily learn how the instrument codes work and help you navigate through the numerous styles and options, we have created an example for you to go through below. For this purpose we have chosen to put together a Millennium line – 24 Series-Grand Auditorium body style – Cedar top – Rosewood back & sides – with a Cutaway option. The code for this guitar will be G24CR-C. Here is how we get this code:
STEP ONE: The first step is to chose your body style. Here we have selected a Grand Auditorium, so the code is the letter G.
STEP TWO: The next step is to decide on your build level. Here we have chosen the 24 design, so the code is the number 24. The 24 design includes very elegant features such as Padauk inlays on the headstock, rosette and bindings. There are ebony buttons on the Schaller tuners, master grade tone woods, etc. It’s important to understand, that no matter which body style you chose from, if it is a 24, it will come with these standard features. Also, while the grade quality of the wood selection is chosen to match the build level, the level number does not determine which main tone woods (top, back and sides) are used. In other words a 24 design model can come in many different wood combinations of your choice. Those choices are made in steps three and four.
STEP THREE: Now we are ready to choose our top wood. For our example, we have selected for Cedar, so the code is C. Since the level series was chosen above as 24, we already know that the wood quality is going to be master grade.
STEP FOUR: The next step is to select our wood for the back and sides. In our example we have decided upon Indian Rosewood, so the code is R. Once again, because we have already chosen the 24 design, we know that in this case, the wood will be master grade.
STEP FIVE: Our guitar is now complete, except for the cutaway option we have chosen to add. The code for this option is – C.
So there you have it. We have completed our G24CR-C. Of course, there are many additional options to chose from, including several tone wood choices, custom inlays, neck width, finishes, etc.