First Classical Solid Cedar / Solid Pau Ferro Travel Guitar – FC522
The First Class-ical FC522 is an amazing collapsible performance-ready classical 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 22.5*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! (If viewing product category list, click on product image on the left to view full specs, otherwise scroll down for specs and media.)
Journey Instruments – FC522 Collapsible Classical Guitar
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.
- You should tune each string down at least 1 full tone prior to disassembly for all nylon string collapsible models to prolong string life.
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.
- Satin-finish low-c profile neck make this 650mm scale super comfortable to play. (increased from 625mm on initial product run)
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 (initial launch was 625mm)
High gloss polyurethane on top back and sides & headstock. Matte polyurethane on neck
Ebony, high break-angle
18:1 Precision Gold Open Tuners
Included JourneyTek™ under-bridge passive 3-piezo transducer 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 guitar profile
Solid African Mahogany with curly Acacia veneer on headstock.
Neck width at nut: 52mm
12 Frets to body
17 Frets total
Medium brass fret wire
52 mm at nut
Compensated bone saddle
Savarez 520B Low Tension
Guitar Dimensions and Weights:
Weight: 5.5 lbs (2.5kg)
Weight With Case: 13.2 lbs (6kg)
Maximum depth: 4.8 in (12.2cm)
Minimum Depth: 3.9 in (10 cm)
Body Length: 19.1 in (48.5cm)
Lower Bout Width: 14.5 in (36.8 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: 22.5*14.5*9 in ( 58*37.5* 22.8 cm)
Thomas Leeb Plays Desert Pirate on First Class
Ian James Artist intro and Demo of First Class Collapsible Travel Guitar
Classical Guitar Magazine
As the recent Summer NAMM 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, there were, as usual, a number of classical-guitar makers showing their wares. One that caught our eye is this collapsible travel guitar, which can fit into a standard carry-on suitcase. Besides being convenient for travel, the OC520 guitar from Journey Instruments also boasts a cedar top, laminate rosewood back and sides, and a piezo passive pickup. In this video we shot in Nashville, Journey Instruments’ Ryan Creager shows off the instrument and demonstrates the detachable neck
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(If viewing product category list, click on product image on the left to view full specs, otherwise scroll down for specs and media.)
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