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.

Specifications

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

Order
Neck / Shape

Maple / U-Shape

Scale

25inc.

Joint

Arimizo & One Point Joint

Nut / Nut Width

Silicone Oiled Bone / 42mm

Fret

F.C.G.R. SP-SF-05 WARM

Fingerboard Radius

280R

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

Machinehead

GOTOH SDS510-05M-HAPM

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

Bridge

Wilkinson VG-300

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.

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.

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.

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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