HANDCRAFTING A NUMBER ONE.
Furlan Guitars does not have a factory. There is no assembly line. There are no CNC machines. Furlan Guitars is me, John Furlan, in my workshop handcrafting instruments, one at a time, from raw lumber to finished instrument.
Good instruments take time to build by hand. There are many steps in the process. Learn how I tailor each guitar to fit the needs of its owners and pay attention to the details that matter.
The process starts with your vision for your Number One and what you want to achieve. We'll talk about what kind of music you play and what you like and dislike about other guitars. After discussing how you want your guitar to sound and look, we will select the wood, pickups, electronics, hardware, and finishes to achieve what you want from your Number One.
The neck is cut to create a strong headstock. After the truss rod and headstock are reinforced, the headstock is shaped and drilled for the tuners. The back of the neck profile is shaped by hand. Channels are routed to accept binding.
The Delivery of Your Number One
The tuners, bridge, nut, electronics, and pickups are installed. The guitar is strung up, intonation is set, and a final setup is done before your Number One is ready to go from my hands to yours.
The Raw Lumber
Starting with the finest wood from reputable and sustainable sources, the lumber is first cut, the edges jointed square and pieces glued together. The wood is planed, jointed, and dimensioned into blanks for the neck, body, and top. The neck and body come from the same plank of wood to ensure a consistent tone throughout the guitar.
The Fret Board and Assembly
The fret slots are cut, fret markers inlaid, and the fret board radiused. Frets are pressed and glued in for better tone. The neck is glued to the body and the fretboard is glued to the guitar. Holes are drilled for the tuners, bridge/tailpiece, and controls.
The body, top and neck blanks are first rough cut then refined on a router table. A handheld router then carves the pickup and control cavities, wiring channels and cover plates. After the top is glued to the body, it is trimmed, and carved with chisels to shape the top. The truss rod channel, pickup, and control cavities are then routed.
The Finishing Touches
Your guitar is then final shaped and sanded before finishing. Finishing involves more sanding, grain filling, sealing, color (dye, stain, or paint), and clear coating. After curing, the finish is level sanded and buffed.