(brought on in 2004) handle most of the
building. All four luthiers at Fibenare are
certainly capable of building an instrument
from start-to-finish, but instead, each focuses
on their individual specialties and has a hand
in the construction of every instrument.
Fibenare is also able to choose from an abundant choice of domestic, high-grade woods
for their instruments including Hungarian
ash, alder, maple, and poplar—from regular
to burl to highly figured. And while the crew
may occasionally wish for a CNC, every
instrument is completely handbuilt—
including the hardware and pickups.
Utilizing the latest in build techniques,
while still using traditional handbuilding
methodology for rough and fine work,
Fibenare has quickly made a mark in the
high-end, boutique market for both guitars
and basses. Based in Budapest in the middle of
an old, steel-industry park in Csepel Művek,
they’re happy to pour a good cup of coffee
and show visitors to the area around the shop.
Pricing and availability
Fibenare produces approximately 60-70
instruments a year, depending on the
difficulty level of the instruments on the
schedule. Currently, 70 percent of the com-
pany’s production rests with guitars, and the
remaining 30 percent for basses. Fibenare’s
price range is quite wide, ranging from
$2,550 for a junior-style guitar, all the way
up to $10,000 for a single-cut, neck-through
bass with exclusive wood options. The most
common price point for a Fibenare instru-
ment is $5,000 to $6,000. While Fibenare
has a dealer network that spans the globe,
the company also takes direct orders.
Custom orders are welcome both through
the shop or one of their dealers.
To celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary, Fibenare produced a limited run
of 10 guitars for this Basic Jazz model. The ironwood fretboard is double bound
and a mother-of-pearl “X” inlay commemorating the milestone anniversary
graces the 12th fret. A pair of the company’s ALV- 63 wooden-coil humbuckers
rest atop the very highly figured, AAAAA maple-burl top.
Basic Jazz Single Cut—rosewood
This Basic Jazz model with a single cutaway is a semi-hollowbody with a carved
maple top and the choice of either korina or mahogany for the back. Capping
off the set-in rosewood neck is a rosewood fretboard, adorned with optional
trapezoid inlays carved from mother-of-pearl. This particular model is outfitted
with a pair of Fibenare’s handwound, ALV- 63 wooden-coil humbuckers.
10th anniversary erotic
Like the anniversary version of the Basic Jazz, Fibenare limited production of
the 10th Anniversary Erotic to just 10 guitars. This model’s back is radius carved
from Hungarian ash, while the top is carved from Hungarian poplar burl and
decorated with maple binding. Also using a dual-humbucker configuration, the
10th Anniversary Erotic is loaded up with Fibenare’s handwound ALV-63s.