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Yamaha Guitars targets the professional player as well as the serious musical hobbyist with the Winter NAMM 2003 introduction of the FC31 Flamenco Standard guitar, a top-end instrument that pairs Flamenco styling with the workmanship and superior quality of Yamaha's renowned Handcrafted acoustic guitar line.

Constructed with a solid Spruce top and solid Cypress back and sides, the FC31 implements traditional materials that have long been used for the exceptional acoustic qualities of the Flamenco instrument. The African Mahogany neck and Ebony fingerboard boast minimal action that creates a bright sound with a strong attack and should appeal to the Flamenco player--as well as nylon string players who crave a more defined sound.

"With the introduction of the original Flamenco models in 2002, the audience was the entry- and mid-level player in the market for a Flamenco model to add to their cache of instruments," states Joseph Brasler, marketing manager, Yamaha Guitars. "The FC31 is really aimed at a more serious player. Nothing was overlooked in terms of acoustics or aesthetics to achieve the appearance and expressive sonic qualities of the traditional southern Spanish Guitarra."

Other details of the 12-fret FC31 include a Rosewood bridge, wood bindings, a bone saddle, a highly-detailed mosaic soundhole inlay and gold tuning machines.

The FC31 is currently available at an MSRP of $3,479.99.

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