Here we have a beautiful, well crafted acoustic from Stonebridge by the Czech builder, Frantisek Furch.
The guitar is reminiscent of classic Martin design, a full-size Dreadnought body with 14 frets clear of the body. Multi-layer binding surrounds the top and back with the outer layer being tortoise.
The top is torrified Adirondack spruce. Back and sides are solid Indian rosewood. The neck is mahogany with ebony fretboard, bridge and headstock overlay.
This is a stellar acoustic with a slimmer neck, great for fingerstyle guitar etc.
The neck set is fantastic and the saddle is tall with plenty of room to lower it should the neck settle in at all.
There is a strap button on the neck heel.
See below the Stats section to get some background on Stonebridge and Frantisek Furch.
- Body: Natural with aged tone top, Solid Indian rosewood with solid Adirondack top, gloss nitro lacquer
- Neck: Mahogany with ebony fretboard and small pearl inlays
- Frets: 22, Original with very light wear
- Nut width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25.5"
- Neck measurements taken just behind the fret: .8" at 1st fret, .882" at 7th fret. Neck heel transition starts just before the 12th fret
- Bridge: Ebony
- Pickguard: Original
- Case: Original Furch case, no case candy
- The guitar's end pin is missing. I will attempt to find an aftermarket endpin prior to selling, but for now the guitar will be shipped without one
In 2004, while attending the Music Messe Trade Show, in Frankfurt, Roger Schmidt, who was at that time employed as a sales manager and product scout, came across the booth of the Czech guitar builder, Frantisek Furch. Having been around guitars his whole life, as well as being an avid fingerstyle player, the guitars on display immediately grabbed his attention. After spending a good while sampling the many fine instruments, Roger had no doubt in his mind, these were especially good guitars.
The following year, Roger returned to the same show, now as an independent sale representative. His main mission was to have another careful look at the guitars he couldn’t seem to get out of his mind. Sure enough, they gave him an even better impression the second time around. After some discussions with the sales manager on hand, it was agreed, that they would begin cooperating together, towards the introduction of their guitars, into the USA and Canada.
With very limited resources, but much determination, Roger set about to see what could be done. He pretty much “maxed out” is personal credit card purchasing a small selection of samples. When they arrived a few months later, he took them, along with his family, on a “working vacation”. In less than three weeks, they had visited numerous music stores in over twelve American states. The impressions and reactions were almost unanimous at each stop; the guitars were deemed to be of very high quality and truly impressive. The one “hesitation” that kept coming up was the brand name. Frantisek Furch, who had been building his guitars since 1981, had already established a fine reputation, selling the guitars with his family name as the brand throughout Europe and Japan. However, the general feeling was that it would probably be best to identify the guitars with a more marketable brand name for the North American market. Heeding this sound advice, Roger came up the name of “Stonebridge”, inspired from the Charles Bridge in Prague, which was built in the 12th century, and made entirely of cut stone. Before this world famous historical landmark was officially named after a much loved king, the people just called it the Stone Bridge. Frantisek Furch readily agreed with the concept and the brand was then created and developed by Roger Schmidt.
In 2010, Roger joined forces with Ken Wilson, who is now the president and CEO of Stonebridge Guitars International. Together, along with the help of their USA Sales Director, Todd Allison, who has been with the company since 2007, they have worked tirelessly to build up the company, and the awareness of these remarkable guitars. Their main strategy for lasting success has been to build up genuine “street cred” through down to earth hard work, and conviction in a superior product that inspires one to create. By staying this course, Stonebridge Guitars has firmly cemented themselves in the world of fine hand crafted boutique guitars, with a continued steady growth and impeccable reputation.