Technically speaking, the Furch Red Master’s Choice is a “factory guitar,” but from the moment the lid is lifted on its high-end hard case, it’s apparent the fit, finish, and design are on par with any premium custom-built instrument.

The Red Master’s Choice has a master-grade Sitka spruce top, koa rosette with abalone purfling, elegant fingerboard inlays, a figured ziricote bridge and fretboard, and its master-grade Indian rosewood jumbo body complements a compensated Tusq saddle with LR Baggs Stagepro Anthem pickup.

Straight out of the box, the Furch setup was perfect at the nut but a bit high by the seventh fret, which allows a dealer to dial-in final action height since the bridge saddle had plenty of extra height. Intonation was as perfect as you’ll likely find on a nonadjustable acoustic – no detuning the B string a few cents is necessary for a clean four-finger first-position bluegrass G chord.

The sound of the Furch RMC is distinctively clear, with fast transient response and long, even decay. While some guitars lend themselves to certain styles or types of music, this one has the sort of articulate sound that would work for any genre. It’s as at home with bluegrass as it is with blues.

The Red Master’s Choice is beautiful instrument in every way – gorgeous to look at, play, and hear with an impressive combination of sound, build, and feel.

Looking for a modern acoustic with a distinctive tone? Try Furch.

Author: Steven Stone

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