BY RICH OSWEILER
Growing up in Hungary during the Iron Curtain-era in the ’80s left little
room for musically inclined youngsters to
get their hands on, or even see, a Gibson or
Fender guitar. In fact, any electric guitar at
that time was outrageously expensive, and
good ones were virtually impossible to find.
Where there’s a will, there is often a way,
and the three brothers from the Benedek
family—Attila, Csaba, and Árpád—were
determined enough to start building their
own instruments so they could create the
rock, blues, and jazz they were becoming
increasingly interested in playing.
Globe Bass SC neckthrough
New for 2012 and recently introduced at the NAMM show, this bass boasts a
single cutaway and neck-through design as evidenced by its name. The 24-fret
neck features a brass nut, double-acting truss rod, and is topped with a rosewood
or padouk fretboard. Other features on this radius-carved, Hungarian poplar
bass include Fibenare’s Twin bridge, Gotoh GB707 tuning machines, and a pair
handwound, wooden-coil pickups in wooden housings called Fibenare Vazuls.
roadmaster ’ 56 Also introduced at the 2012 NAMM show, the Roadmaster ’ 56 is Fibenare’s tribute to one of the most revolutionary and timeless designs in guitar mak- ing. This Tele-style Roadmaster ’ 56 has a maple burl top and utilizes bird’s- eye maple for both the neck and fretboard. With a Fibenare Roadmaster bridge and a set of Fibenare’s handwound Roadmaster pickups, this ode to the Tele is ready to twang.
Basic Jazz matte Henderson Signature
This signature guitar built for Matte Henderson is styled after Fibenare’s Basic
Jazz model and boasts a fully scalloped, binded fretboard that is constructed from
ironwood. Using white limba for both the neck and back, this guitar has a carved,
highly figured flame-maple top. Outfitted with Fibenare’s floating tremolo, the
Matte Henderson model is loaded up with a set of their Matte pickups in an