Czech manufacturer Furch Guitars announced that it has created an antibacterial guitar neck finish.
Available on all Furch models going forward with a serial number of 95787 or higher, the finish contains silver nanoparticles that – according to Furch – bind to the proteins of microorganisms, "reliably destroying them."
“Recently, when we looked at how to improve the surface of our guitar necks, specifically to achieve an even smoother surface for faster playing, we also decided to explore how to make our instruments safer for players. It was COVID which led us to this," said Furch CEO Petr Furch.
“In most styles of playing, the greatest contact between the skin and the surface of the guitar occurs at the back of the neck. The contact surface of one chord can be around 50 square cm. The bacteria which this introduces are eliminated by our varnish in just a few seconds.”
For more info on the finish and how it works, stop by furchguitars.com.
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