First Classical Cedar Pau Ferro – FC522
The First Class-ical FC522 is an amazing collapsible performance-ready travel guitar with solid cedar top and solid pao ferro back with full gloss finish on body, and satin finish for the neck. It’s super ergonomic with a robust Manzer© wedge and traditional Torres sized body. With a standard 52mm nut and 650mm scale, the traditional Torres shape and bracing make this guitar sound a rich and full as a performance grade classical guitar at more than twice this price.! Barre chords are easy, and the body shape makes for hours of playing without shoulder fatigue. It collapses to carry-on dims of 22*14.8*9 inches in our roller carry-on case with retractable aluminum handle – which has more than enough room for all your gear. Premium appointments make this guitar a gem for classical guitarists who need a ultra-portable quality sounding classical guitar that is stage ready and plays like a dream!
Available on Kickstarter
Demo of FC522 By Gabriel Ayala Coming Soon.
Designed for Travel and the Stage
- The FC522 Performance Classical travel guitar uses a patented collapsible neck system which allows for assembly/disassembly in a matter of seconds. [View Youtube Video]
- After packing in its travel backpack the First Class Performance travel guitar can be carried-on to most major airlines, easily fitting in the overhead bin compartment, yet an amazing performer on the stage.
- Travel backpack includes a TSA compliant laptop tablet fold-out panel which can be scanned by airport security without having to separately remove laptop.
- Proprietary under-bridge transducer pickup system accurately amplifies the guitar and comes with all Overhead guitars.
Amazing Tone in a Wedged Body
- The wedge design gives a lower shoulder/bout depth that’s deeper than a dreadnought, allowing the Torres body size (14.5 inch lower bout) to deliver great volume and booming bass.
- Bone nut & saddle help produce the the tone preferred by classical guitarists.
- Ornate sound-hole design with classical Torres bracing maximizes the balance, resonance and volume of the soundboard.
Comfortable to Play
- The wedge design angles the guitar into your body which places the guitar in a comfortable position for fingerboard access and viewing.
- The dual-action steel truss-rod enables fine tuning of relief to suit any playing style.
- Satin-finish low-c profile neck make this 650mm scale super comfortable to play.
Proprietary Body Design:
Traditional Torres body shape
Center sound hole with Pau Ferro/MOP rosette
Wedge design for increased volume, comfort and efficiency
Back and Sides:
Solid Pau Ferro Back, Engineered Pau Ferro Sides
Classical Torres Bracing
Compound block for reduced weight and strengthened latch support
Binding and Markings:
MOP logo and position markings
Curly Acacia binding, veneer, and accents.
650mm Full Classical Scale
High gloss polyurethane on top back and sides & headstock. Matte polyurethane on neck
Ebony, high break-angle
18:1 Precision Gold Open Tuners
Our first active Journey Instruments™ stereo under-saddle transducer/sound hole microphone pickup system delivers accurate and clear amplification for any PA system or amp.
Removable Neck Assembly:
Stainless steel load-bearing components
Push-button release latch under neck
Large adjustment knob on back
Carbon fiber reinforced Spanish shape with two-way adjustable truss rod
Solid African Mahogany with curly Acacia veneer on headstock.
Neck width at nut: 52mm
12 Frets to body
18 Frets total
Medium brass fret wire
52 mm at nut
Compensated bone saddle
Guitar Dimensions and Weights:
Weight: 4.4 lbs (2.0kg)
Weight With Case: 7.4 lbs (3.3kg)
Maximum depth: 4.64 in (11.8cm)
Minimum Depth: 3.5 in (8.9 cm)
Body Length: 19 in (48.6cm)
Lower Bout Width: 14.5 in (368.3 cm)
Travel Backpack Specifications
Tech Travel Ready:
Premium aluminum push-button pull-handle with nylon roller wheels
TSA compliant 14-inch computer compartment for optimal airport security inspection
Easy-access tablet pocket for up to 9.5 inch tablet devices
All- Premium Material Construction:
Extra-durable Ballistic Nylon external case with premium nylon and velour lining
Extra-padded Body compartment with premium velour
Internally-accessible padded neck compartment with premium velour and string slot
Padded string panel with strings positioning tab
Padded Top and Side handles
Extra Compartments for Your Journey:
Internal/externally accessible compartment for accessories
Additional external topside pocket for additional accessories
Additional elastic pockets in computer compartment
Hideaway, reinforced padded backpack straps with padded back
Maximum Case Dimensions: L*W*H: 22*14.5*9 in ( 55.9*36.8* 22.9 cm)
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Ian James Artist intro and Demo of First Class Collapsible Travel Guitar
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The burgundy top matte carbon fiber overhead collapses to carry-on size of 22*14*9 inches! It assembles in 20 seconds with our patented detachable neck system, and our patented soundboard technology and all-carbon construction create a durable instrument with massive tone. A full 24.5 inch scale, a versatile 1 3/4 nut width, best-in-class components, and a wedged ergonomic design make this the most enjoyable guitar you’ll ever play! Tri-piezo pickup and a full-featured TSA compliant carry-on backpack included.
The black matte carbon fiber overhead collapses to carry-on size of 22*14*9 inches! It assembles in 20 seconds with our patented detachable neck system, and our patented soundboard technology and all-carbon construction create a durable instrument with massive tone. A full 24.5 inch scale, a versatile 1 3/4 nut width, best-in-class components, and a wedged ergonomic design make this the most enjoyable guitar you’ll ever play! Tri-piezo pickup and a full-featured TSA compliant carry-on backpack included.
The Overhead OC522 is an amazing collapsible travel guitar with solid cedar top and solid pao ferro back, and features a sound port in the upper bout. It’s super ergonomic with the thicker Manzer© wedge and a smaller parlor sized body. The standard 52mm nut and 650mm scale, the Torres bracing, and a sound port make this guitar sound almost as loud as a standard classical guitar! Barre chords are easy, and the body shape makes for hours of playing without shoulder fatigue. It collapses to carry-on dims in our patented bag that has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. Premium appointments make this guitar a great for classical guitarists who need a ultra-portable classical guitar that sounds and feels great to play!