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Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case

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The Alvarez FC1 is a well-crafted 5-ply wood hardshell case for folk-style arched acoustic guitars. The locking guitar case is covered in tough Tolex...Click To Read More About This Product

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Hardshell guitar case for an archtop acoustic.

The Alvarez FC1 is a well-crafted 5-ply wood hardshell case for folk-style arched acoustic guitars. The locking guitar case is covered in tough Tolex and will keep your axe safe on the road and everywhere.

FEATURES
5-ply wood
Locking
Shaped

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SPECIFICATIONS
Length: 44"
Lower bout: 16"
Wood / Tolex
Upper Bout: 11.5"
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AlvarezFC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (14)
  • Functional (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Experienced (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great case

The Fc-1 is a great case for a few reasons. The case offers a lock to keep anything inside the case safe. All the latches and hardware are durable. The exterior is...Read complete review

The Fc-1 is a great case for a few reasons. The case offers a lock to keep anything inside the case safe. All the latches and hardware are durable. The exterior is very vintage and cool looking, while the plush interior is both nice and good for the guitar. The case has a nice weight and balance. Most importantly of all it is sturdy and i trust my guitar in it 100% percent.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

case is smaller than specs

I purchased the Godin 5th Avenue acoustic archtop from MF. I also purchased the Silver Creek Vintage Archtop Dreadnought case (which was recommended by MF customer service and was quite nice for the...Read complete review

I purchased the Godin 5th Avenue acoustic archtop from MF. I also purchased the Silver Creek Vintage Archtop Dreadnought case (which was recommended by MF customer service and was quite nice for the money). However, the Godin did not fit in it as the case was too small at the lower bout. I returned the case, and after reading all the specs on all the hardshell cases on the MF site, I ordered the Alvarez FC1 Folk Archtop case because the specs stated the lower bout of the case was 16" which would have been exactly right for the 5th Avenue. Again, the case was way too small at the lower bout, probably about 15" at best. Since then I found that Godin makes two cases which should hold the 5th Avenue. They didn't show up in my "Case Finder" search because they're not considered a hard shell case.

On the positive side The FC1 seemed like an OK, inexpensive case (not as nice as the Silver Creek) and MF Customer Service was, as always, very good and made returning both cases quite easy. So, bottom line, be aware that case specs (which I assume come from the manufacturer) are not always as advertised.

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(15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great case

By Tberg

from lowell, MA

Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

The Fc-1 is a great case for a few reasons. The case offers a lock to keep anything inside the case safe. All the latches and hardware are durable. The exterior is very vintage and cool looking, while the plush interior is both nice and good for the guitar. The case has a nice weight and balance. Most importantly of all it is sturdy and i trust my guitar in it 100% percent.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

case is smaller than specs

By JB

from Venice, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Carry

Cons

  • Not Functional

Best Uses

  • Everyday

Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

I purchased the Godin 5th Avenue acoustic archtop from MF. I also purchased the Silver Creek Vintage Archtop Dreadnought case (which was recommended by MF customer service and was quite nice for the money). However, the Godin did not fit in it as the case was too small at the lower bout. I returned the case, and after reading all the specs on all the hardshell cases on the MF site, I ordered the Alvarez FC1 Folk Archtop case because the specs stated the lower bout of the case was 16" which would have been exactly right for the 5th Avenue. Again, the case was way too small at the lower bout, probably about 15" at best. Since then I found that Godin makes two cases which should hold the 5th Avenue. They didn't show up in my "Case Finder" search because they're not considered a hard shell case.

On the positive side The FC1 seemed like an OK, inexpensive case (not as nice as the Silver Creek) and MF Customer Service was, as always, very good and made returning both cases quite easy. So, bottom line, be aware that case specs (which I assume come from the manufacturer) are not always as advertised.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice looker and built well

By Mr. Jack

from Detroit Lakes, MN

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

    I bought this for my Gibson Acoustic L1-00 Blues King which came in a ridiculous gig bag. I wanted better protection, something that looked classy and stood out from the rest (normal Black). My Gibson Acoustic fits perfectly in this size case.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Close but still not right!

    By Shortyred

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Good Protection
    • Sturdy
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

      I liked everything about this case except two things! The flimsy handle and the cheap latches!There like pot metal nothing strong, I went with the gig case by Alvarez.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Alvarez FC1 Folk Guitar Case.

      By Gene

      from Jewett City CT

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

          I bought this guitar case to hold my new Alvarez Blues 51 guitar. It fits a little loosely, but not bad. It is an attractive case and seems to be good and sturdy.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Value

          By pipewrench

          from Texas

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          Pros

          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Don't have any problems

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

            I build guitars and this case fits my OOO well.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Customer Swervice experience

            By Cozmik Cowboy

            from Directly above the center of the Earth

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            Pros

            • Sturdy
            • Stylish

            Cons

            • Didn't Fit

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

              I needed a new case for my 1979 Alvarez 5014, and thought going with factory equipment would be the best bet.
              I contacted Alvarez, who said they didn't have a record of the dimensions of my instrument; when I gave them the measurements they said this should work, but "might be a little tight". Try 2 inches "tight" on the lower bouts.
              I called MF to arrange for a return, and the agent was very helpful, including asking if he could check for another case for me. Gave him the measurements, and he set up a direct swap for a Silver Creek case that he said would work. I sent the Alvarez case back, they sent the Silver Creek faster than I could believe and, while it is indeed a bit tight, I can actually get my guitar inside it.
              If you have a current Alvarez folk model, this should prove a fine case; if yours is older, measure it & call (MF, not Alvarez) before ordering.

               
              5.0

              Very pleased with this guitar case. I would purchase again.

              By Guido

              from Derry PA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                  Musician's Friend's staff very helpful in purchase the correct case for my guitar

                   
                  5.0

                  Great case for the price.

                  By GNGuitars

                  from Montana

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                  Pros

                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                      As a custom guitar builder I needed a case for a particular model that I build. To offer a more affordable option for a client to protect their guitar helped with the bottom line. Obviously I had to pop the Alvarez name plate off but that didn't take much work. You really can't get a better case construction and appearance wise than this for the price. I have purchased 6 of these case over the last few years and only one needed to be returned and musicians friend stepped up and took care of it for me.

                       
                      4.0

                      Excellent product !

                      By Rocky

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                          Product as described.

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent Hardshell case

                          By Gary

                          from Rock Hill, SC

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Inexpensive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                              Good product at a very reasonable price

                               
                              4.0

                              great fit

                              By Redbuddy

                              from East Tennessee

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality
                              • Great Fit

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • travel

                                Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                I needed a protective case to fit a Recording King Harmonella 000 guitar. This case fits like it was made for it!
                                Case looks nice, hardware is good, no complaints, great price. Yes, you can pay a lot more and get a better case, but this one will work fine for travel and storage; what more could you ask for ?

                                 
                                5.0

                                I am vary happy with case got it for my ff60w/r guitar

                                By Jctjr.

                                from Branson,mo.

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Functional
                                • Good Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                    Looks great good quality

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Good quality hardshell case. Fits older Alvarez Model 5014.

                                    By Jack

                                    from nashville

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Functional
                                    • Good Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                        Good case.

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        aron xu

                                        By aron

                                        from la

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Good Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                            good

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            GREAT CASE!!!!

                                            By Bedroom Player

                                            from Florida

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                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Functional
                                            • Good Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                                Great case for the money!!! Holds the Grateful Dead model Alvarez like a glove!!!

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                I really like this case.

                                                By Duck

                                                from Alaska

                                                About Me Experienced

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Fits my folk electric acoustic perfectly
                                                • Functional
                                                • Good Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                                    I really like the case.

                                                     
                                                    1.0

                                                    Something went wrong

                                                    By Bill

                                                    from Kokomo Indiana

                                                    About Me Experienced

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Functional

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Poor Quality

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                                      Not sure what happened with this one. First bad experience. Arrived in a box in a very worn soft shipping bag. Craftmenship was very weak on this one. Glue on material, latch hard to work with. Looks like if was a display just thrown in a bag and shipped. Inside is good and fits well. Not worth shipping back, but nowhere near expectations.

                                                       
                                                      5.0

                                                      excellent value

                                                      By recordking

                                                      from minnesota

                                                      About Me Experienced

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Functional
                                                      • Good Quality

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                                          I bought this case for a John Kinkead "kingsdown" model guitar a just built and it fits it like it was custom made for it. very happy with its fit and finish.

                                                           
                                                          5.0

                                                          I like it for my Alvarez guitar.

                                                          By EagleOneProductions

                                                          from Cincinnati

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                                                          Comments about Alvarez FC1 Folk Arched Acoustic Guitar Hardshell Case:

                                                          Vintage look. nice case

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