Anthra

Anthra

Anthra

Our new basic bass model: a definition of "vintage" for the next 100 years

While respecting tradition, FCGR is constantly evolving with the future in mind. The year 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of our company, and to celebrate this landmark we issued a new standard model of bass, which embodies the essence of what defines our pursuits. Though this is our standard model, it is built to the same exacting specifications as all our other instruments, including our own pick-ups, stainless-steel frets, and extremely thin finishes. Many years from now, we hope you will look at this day with us, and agree: these basses have what it takes to be thoroughly vintage.

Even in our standard instruments, you have a range of choices to pick from to match the instrument to your taste.  You can choose between an alder and ash as the body wood, and between rosewood and maple for the fingerboard. On both 4- and 5-string models, we use a four-point neck joint, which allows for smooth access to the upper frets, inspired by our Rhino design. The solid brass bridge allows for a warm rich sound, with a clear bottom end. On the 4- string bass, the pickups are our custom-wound "Bell Bottom 19mm string-pitch" single-coils; our standard F.C.G.R. single-coils adorn the 5-string version. This bass only comes with passive electronics, in a volume-volume-tone configuration, and an ultra-thin semi-gloss finish. 

 

Specifications

Anthra-4st. Base price: ¥268,000 (before tax)

Order
Neck / Shape

Maple / U-Shape

Scale

34inc.

Joint

Bolt on 4-Point Joint / Bush

Nut / Nut Width

Silicone Oiled Bone / 38mm

Fret

F.C.G.R. SP-SF-06 WARM / 21F

Fingerboard Radius

280R

Machinehead

GOTOH GB9

Top Position Mark (Rosewood)

Dot (Pearloid)

Top Position Mark (Maple)

Dot (Black)

Side Position Mark (Rosewood)

Luminlay 3mm ・ Green

Side Position Mark (Maple)

Luminlay 3mm ・ Green w/Black Pipe

Pickups (F.C.G.R. Original)

Bell Bottom 19mm Pitch Set

Control

2Vol. / 1Tone

Bridge

F.C.G.R. Original 19mm Pitch

Neck Finish / Color

Poly ・ Half Gloss / Natural

Body Finish

Poly ・ Half Gloss

Anthra-5st. Base price: ¥308,000 (before tax)

Order
Neck / Shape

Maple / U-Shape

Scale

34inc.

Joint

Bolt on 4-Point Joint / Bush

Nut / Nut Width

Silicone Oiled Bone / 46mm

Fret

F.C.G.R. SP-SF-06 WARM / 21F

Fingerboard Radius

305R

Machinehead

GOTOH GB528-4L1R

Top Position Mark (Rosewood)

Dot (Pearloid)

Top Position Mark (Maple)

Dot (Black)

Side Position Mark (Rosewood)

Luminlay 3mm ・ Green

Side Position Mark (Maple)

Luminlay 3mm ・ Green w/Black Pipe

Pickups (F.C.G.R. Original)

5st JB 19mm Pitch Set

Control

2Vol. / 1Tone

Bridge

F.C.G.R. Original 19mm Pitch

Neck Finish / Color

Poly ・ Half Gloss / Natural

Body Finish

Poly ・ Half Gloss

Downloads

Originally Designed Colors

Quality

Commitment to carefully selected wood and durability

To build a guitar that sounds great even after 100 years, at F.C.G.R. we select our woods very carefully. The selected wood is stabilized in our special humidity-controlled warehouse for up to one year to eliminate the possibility of warpage later.

Original stainless steel frets

Our stainless-steel fret wire has been specially developed by F.C.G.R. to be completely rust-proof and reduce the necessity for maintenance for the lifetime of the instrument. Additionally, our stainless steel produces a warmer sound, eliminating the excessive brightness often associated with typical stainless steel frets.

Stability and solid performance

Often guitars and basses are strung up for the first time after the fretwork and set-up have been completed. At F.C.G.R. after the necks are painted, we assemble the full instrument and tension up their strings for a few weeks - this allows the neck to settle into its final stable shape. Using a specially designed rig, we then adjust the frets with the neck in its final playing position, with the same curvature as when strings are present. Through this process we can achieve the highest standard for our fretwork, which cannot be achieved in mass-produced instruments.

Glow in the dark side-position markers

We use Luminlay SG-30 (3mm) side-position markers which gather light and glow in the dark. It is a small touch, but invaluable on a dark stage - where it will allow you to play with greater confidence and less worry about losing your way around the fingerboard.

Color

There is a story behind each of our original colours - and we continue to develop new ones all the time! Since the thickness, and type, of paint and lacquer used influences the resonance of the instrument, we can use our years of experience to produce a finish that brings out the character of your individual instrument. We welcome you to inspect our colour chart, and visit our showroom if possible to see our finishes in person. And if there are colours that you would like on your instrument and cannot see on our page - please let us know, we'll do our best meet your request.

Ultra-thin semi-gloss finish

Both the body and the neck are painted with an ultra-thin semi-glossy finish, which allows the tone of the wood come through clearly. It is also beautiful to look at, and pleasant to the touch. To achieve such a finish requires both a high degree of skill in painting as well as buffing and polishing. The available color options on these guitars are: Shadow Black / Wine / Timor Blue / Off White.

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