Hydra series

HydraHydra Classic

Hydra Classic

Modern functionality with a classic vintage tone

This model retains the modern functionality of the Hydra series while pursuing a more traditional tone. To achieve this, the Hydra Classic has a solid body of ash or alder, and a nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the neck. Overall, a professional quality instrument with a versatile yet traditional sound.


*The logo design of all original guitars and basses products will be changed from orders received on February 1, 2020


Hydra Classic Base Price (before tax): ¥390,000

Neck / Shape

Maple / U-Shape




Arimizo & One Point Joint

Nut / Nut Width

Silicone Oiled Bone / 42mm



Fingerboard Radius


Top Position Mark (Rosewood)

Oval (Abalone)

Top Position Mark (Maple)

Oval (Black Mother Of Pearl)

Side Position Mark (Rosewood)

Luminlay 3mm ・ Green

Side Position Mark (Maple)

Luminlay 3mm ・ Green w/Black Pipe



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

(2) Hybrid HB Type 1 (1) WTA-ST01

Control 1

1Vol. / 1Tone / 1Tap Ctr. (Push/Push)

Control 2

Mini Switch (SSS⇔HSH) / 5way Switch


Wilkinson VG-300

Neck Finish / Color

N.C. Lacquer ・ Half Flat / VYN1

Body Finish

Poly ・ Gloss



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.


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.

Infinitely adjustable sound signature

Our Hybrid Humbucker can create both an authentic humbucking sound, as well the tone of a true single-coil, all in one pickup. The guitar can be witched from HSH to a 3 single-coil configuration with a single switch; in HSH mode, each of the humbuckers can be smoothly adjusted between a humbucking and single-coil tone. Combining these adjustable humbuckers with our original single coil WTA - ST01, which resides in the middle position, we have managed to achieve an impression of thoroughly three-dimensional sound.

ARIMIZO & One Point Joint: a new dimension for tone control

We have developed, and patented, a new way of controlling the tone of your instrument by varying the degree of mechanical dampening of vibrations. By adjusting a single bolt, you can vary between a snappier response, or a more dampened vintage tone. With the bolt tightened, some overtones are suppressed, the attack becomes stronger and response is immediate. With the bolt loosened, you get a warmer sound, rich in overtones. It truly feels as if you had just switched instruments. To maintain the stability of the joint consistently with the natural expansion and shrinkage that occurs in wood, utmost precision and high technological sophistication is necessary. Our design is covered by the patent number 5879135.

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