Furch Violet D-SM review – a first-class build that proves you don't need to spend silly money for a pro-quality dreadnought

What this Furch lacks in flash it more than makes up for with first-class playability and sound quality

Furch Violet D-SM
(Image: © Furch Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

The Furch Violet D-SM may have a bare basics appearance, but details like its individually voiced soundboard, smooth playability, and refined tones compare fairly to those of much more expensive deluxe instruments.


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    Shortened frets provide extremely comfortable playability.

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    Open-pore finish allows tonewoods to breathe like raw wood.

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    A brilliant dreadnought for the price.


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    Aesthetic might be too austere for some.

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Literally dozens of great acoustic guitars are available these days if you have around $1,000 to spend. While newer companies that specialize in entry level models offer some good choices, I often recommend considering a guitar built by a company with a decent history that also offers a selection of instruments extending well into higher price ranges due to experience and “trickle down” quality factors. 

The new Furch Violet D-SM ticks those boxes, coming from a company with more than four decades of history building guitars in the Czech Republic. Furch opened a US-based distribution facility in Nashville in 2019, making their craftsmanship readily available to American players.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.