Custom Shop builder - Furihata Arata

 

- Furihata Arata

“I admired Momose's back when I was a high school student and since those times I’ve decided to follow the path of the guitar maker, so the fact that I was able to get this far in my career. I am delighted to be involved in making Headway guitars, and in turn. I feel that I must meet the expectations of all the users who are enjoying Headway guitars.

It is difficult to balance the Aska team build team and my own Custom shop, but in doing so I keep learning and honing my skills as a builder.

My custom shop began as a challenge from Mr. Momose. In the beginning, the "challenge" presented by Momose was to create guitars with different dimensions in width and height for every single model 

Aska team build series products are slightly simplified in design and are designed from the specifications of Momose's guitar, but for my custom shop, every single guitar is made searching to give Momose a run for his money. I try to do this by trying many different approachs, such as designing the bracing from scratch.

Through this challenge, I realized once again that Momose is at a completely different level. But being able to see up to Momose and his incredible speed and technique from this place allowed me to keep improving and advancing forwards.

While I can’t match Momose’s speed, at least I can try to match the quality of his work, albeit at my own pace, working every single guitar with great care.

While the acoustic guitars I made on my custom shop are relatively traditional designs, I try to give each of them their own little quirk in order to make them unique. My main thought process when making them is -How can I maintain the essence of Headway while catering to the user’s necessities- this way, I can challenge what’s normal and push for a better user experience."

 

 

Furihata Arata custom model

Furihata guitar making, maintaining Headway traditions while new traditions are being made.

Furihata Arata joined the factory furin 2009. At that time, he participated in the making of the Headway Standard series doing preparation and processing of the raw materials. He was also in charge of ukelele production. Then for a while, he worked with electric guitars, and after that, he went back to acoustic guitar making. Only this time, he was working on the Aska team build series under the direct care of veterans like Yasuo Momose and Masato Yasui, working on various different areas of the guitar making process. Learning the entire process in a detailed manner and internalizing how to obtain the optimal sound when creating an acoustic guitar.

Starting in May of 2018, the new Furihata Custom series was officially online!

 

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