Retro series

Retro series

Retro series

Vintage designs built to your specifications

We are happy to build a custom-made version of traditional PB, JB or PJ type basses for you, expertly constructed by our craftsmen, and including our latest technologies.

These basses come with our originally formulated stainless steel frets, which produce a softer sound than traditional stainless steel. The neck is one-piece maple, with a choice of either rosewood or maple fingerboard. Following tradition, you can choose between ash or alder as the body wood. Each bass comes with our custom-wound pickups F.C.G.R. pickups, and you can also choose from a broad range of paint finishes, and other components. If you've wanted a classic style instrument with your individual flavour, we will be glad to help you realize your dream.

Specifications

Retro JB-4st. Base price: ¥295,000 (before tax)

Order
Neck / Shape

Maple / U-Shape

Scale

34inc.

Joint

Bolt on 4-Point Joint / Plate

Nut / Nut Width

Silicone Oiled Bone / 38mm

Fret

F.C.G.R. SP-SF-04 WARM

Fingerboard Radius

184R

Top Position Mark (Rosewood)

Dot (Clay)

Top Position Mark (Maple)

Dot (Black)

Side Position Mark (Rosewood)

Clay Dot 2.5mm

Side Position Mark (Maple)

Black Dot 2.5mm

Machinehead

GOTOH GB9

Control

2Vol. / 1Tone

Bridge

Vintage Style

Neck Finish / Color

N.C. Lacquer ・ Half Flat / VYN1

Body Finish

Poly ・ Gloss

Retro JB-5st. Base price: ¥362,000 (before tax)

Order
Neck / Shape

Maple / U-Shape

Scale

34inc.

Joint

Bolt on 4-Point Joint / Plate

Nut / Nut Width

Silicone Oiled Bone / 46mm

Fret

F.C.G.R. SP-SF-04 WARM

Fingerboard Radius

280R

Top Position Mark (Rosewood)

Dot (Clay)

Top Position Mark (Maple)

Dot (Black)

Side Position Mark (Rosewood)

Clay Dot 2.5mm

Side Position Mark (Maple)

Black Dot 2.5mm

Machinehead

GOTOH GB528-4L1R

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

F.C.G.R. 5st. JB

Control

2Vol. / 1Tone

Bridge

F.C.G.R. Original Vintage Style 5st.

Neck Finish / Color

N.C. Lacquer ・ Half Flat / VYN1

Body Finish

Poly ・ Gloss

Retro PB-4st. Base price: ¥295,000 (before tax)

Order
Neck / Shape

Maple / U-Shape

Scale

34inc.

Joint

Bolt on 4-Point Joint / Plate

Nut / Nut Width

Silicone Oiled Bone / 42mm

Fret

F.C.G.R. SP-SF-04 WARM

Fingerboard Radius

184R

Top Position Mark (Rosewood)

Dot (Clay)

Top Position Mark (Maple)

Dot (Black)

Side Position Mark (Rosewood)

Clay Dot 2.5mm

Side Position Mark (Maple)

Black Dot 2.5mm

Machinehead

GOTOH GB9

Control

1Vol. / 1Tone

Bridge

Vintage Style

Neck Finish / Color

N.C. Lacquer ・ Half Flat / VYN1

Body Finish

Poly ・ Gloss

Retro PB-5st. Base price: ¥362,000 (before tax)

Order
Neck / Shape

Maple / U-Shape

Scale

34inc.

Joint

Bolt on 4-Point Joint / Plate

Nut / Nut Width

Silicone Oiled Bone / 46mm

Fret

F.C.G.R. SP-SF-04 WARM

Fingerboard Radius

280R

Top Position Mark (Rosewood)

Dot (Clay)

Top Position Mark (Maple)

Dot (Black)

Side Position Mark (Rosewood)

Clay Dot 2.5mm

Side Position Mark (Maple)

Black Dot 2.5mm

Machinehead

GOTOH GB528-4L1R

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

F.C.G.R. 5st. PB

Control

1Vol. / 1Tone

Bridge

F.C.G.R. Original Vintage Style 5st.

Neck Finish / Color

N.C. Lacquer ・ Half Flat / VYN1

Body Finish

Poly ・ Gloss

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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.

Respect for the vintage tone, with a modern edge

The Retrospective series focuses on capturing the full range of sound and harmonic content, respecting the tone and colorful expressive power of vintage pickups. In addition, for the Retrospective series guitars, you have an option to select a "Vintage Fat" variant of the pickups, which emphasize the mid-low frequency response. For the basses, you also have the option to select pickups with a more modern voicing for enhanced low-end response, if that fits better with your musical vision.

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