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Fibonacci Chiquita

Issue #64

This is a wonderful instrument, which makes you want to play non-stop thanks to its playability, ergonomics, tone, and general feel. Having a hand-finished product means that there is room for manoeuvre in terms of personalising some of its features and appointments.
Giorgio Serci

Fibonacci Chiquita Deluxe 13" Archtop

MSRP (UK) £3499 (US) $TBC

Guitar Interactive star rating: 4.5

 

PROS

Fantastic build, using the finest woods.

Hand-carved.

Beautiful neck profile.

 

 

CONS

The price range may be out of reach for many.

  

 

SPECS

Arched back and top, Venetian Cut-away

Carved AAA American Spruce Top

Carved American Flame Maple Back & Sides

Indian Ebony Fingerboard


Fibonacci Chiquita Deluxe 13" Archtop

For many years now, the team behind the Fibonacci brand have been instrumental in collaborating with various, artists, designers and luthiers in developing, and delivering to market some of the finest contemporary Jazz instruments. Today, Giorgio Serci takes a look at the Fibonacci Chiquita Deluxe 13" Archtop.

 

 

 

 

A contemporary styled 13” and 76mm, the ‘Chiquita’ is a celebration of innovation, contemporary design and heritage with the fruitful collaboration between passionate entrepreneurship, craftsmanship and artists of the highest calibre.

Located in London, the Fibonacci team has been instrumental in collaborating with various artists, including Martin Taylor, Nigel Price and Ciyo Brown, to name but a few.

Fibonacci guitars mainly focus on hand-carved archtop models, ranging from 13” to 17” all assembled, painted and finished using genuine quality components in the UK.

 

 

Straight from its robust Hiscox flight case, this guitar has a beautiful contemporary feel and a natural look, with contrasting wood colours. It is completely hand-carved using a 35mm, AAA solid select American spruce soundboard and solid hand carved flame maple back and sides with an ebony headstock, fretboard, bridge, volume and tone knobs and maple back, top and sides. Its body size is what you would expect from a solid body guitar such as a Les Paul, although 76mm wide and much lighter and resonant. For this reason, this model would be an ideal archtop guitar for players who are used to the body shape of a Gibson Les Paul or similar.  

 

Its stylish headstock features an abalone Fibonacci logo, complemented by beautiful Gotoh SGS510Z tuners.

 

Its 625mm scaled flame American maple neck (43mm at nut and 57 at last fret) with Dove Tail Joint at 15th fret feels really comfortable to play and meets its body in a very harmonious manner. It features 22 Dunlop Medium Polished Nickel frets. The hand-carved arched back and top, with a Venetian Cut-away, are both beautifully shaped for added comfort as well as an elegant silhouette, complemented by the appointment of stylish ‘f’ holes. 

 

Its ebony fingerboard, finger-rest, floating bridge and tailpiece are beautifully framed with solid maple binding.

 

Its sustain, balance and tone quality are outstanding, with a generous and well balanced acoustic response, which would be excellent for a strummed accompaniment a la Gypsy Jazz, or to complement the sound captured by the outstanding fitted black Slimbucker Kent Armstrong humbucker, with a good condenser microphone. The tone can range from a wonderfully warm one to a much more crisp and defined one, thanks to the combination of tonewoods utilised as well the hand wired in shielded, steel braided cable for increased performance and stability.

 

This is a wonderful instrument, which makes you want to play non-stop thanks to its playability, ergonomics, tone, and general feel. Having a hand-finished product means that there is room for manoeuvre in terms of personalising some of its features and appointments. Left-handed model is available as well as a wide variety of finish, including blond, antique blond, antique honey and Natural, with nitrocellulose lacquer or french-polished.

 

In conclusion, I strongly recommend trying at Fibonacci Chiquita and all the Fibonacci models at your earliest opportunity, I am sure you will be as impressed as I am!

 

For many years now, the team behind the Fibonacci brand have been instrumental in collaborating with various, artists, designers and luthiers in developing, and delivering to market some of the finest contemporary Jazz instruments. Today, Giorgio Serci takes a look at the Fibonacci Chiquita Deluxe 13" Archtop.

 

 

 

A contemporary styled 13” and 76mm, the ‘Chiquita’ is a celebration of innovation, contemporary design and heritage with the fruitful collaboration between passionate entrepreneurship, craftsmanship and artists of the highest calibre.

Located in London, the Fibonacci team has been instrumental in collaborating with various artists, including Martin Taylor, Nigel Price and Ciyo Brown, to name but a few.

Fibonacci guitars mainly focus on hand-carved archtop models, ranging from 13” to 17” all assembled, painted and finished using genuine quality components in the UK.

 

 

Straight from its robust Hiscox flight case, this guitar has a beautiful contemporary feel and a natural look, with contrasting wood colours. It is completely hand-carved using a 35mm, AAA solid select American spruce soundboard and solid hand carved flame maple back and sides with an ebony headstock, fretboard, bridge, volume and tone knobs and maple back, top and sides. Its body size is what you would expect from a solid body guitar such as a Les Paul, although 76mm wide and much lighter and resonant. For this reason, this model would be an ideal archtop guitar for players who are used to the body shape of a Gibson Les Paul or similar.  

 

Its stylish headstock features an abalone Fibonacci logo, complemented by beautiful Gotoh SGS510Z tuners.

 

Its 625mm scaled flame American maple neck (43mm at nut and 57 at last fret) with Dove Tail Joint at 15th fret feels really comfortable to play and meets its body in a very harmonious manner. It features 22 Dunlop Medium Polished Nickel frets. The hand-carved arched back and top, with a Venetian Cut-away, are both beautifully shaped for added comfort as well as an elegant silhouette, complemented by the appointment of stylish ‘f’ holes. 

 

Its ebony fingerboard, finger-rest, floating bridge and tailpiece are beautifully framed with solid maple binding.

 

Its sustain, balance and tone quality are outstanding, with a generous and well balanced acoustic response, which would be excellent for a strummed accompaniment a la Gypsy Jazz, or to complement the sound captured by the outstanding fitted black Slimbucker Kent Armstrong humbucker, with a good condenser microphone. The tone can range from a wonderfully warm one to a much more crisp and defined one, thanks to the combination of tonewoods utilised as well the hand wired in shielded, steel braided cable for increased performance and stability.

 

This is a wonderful instrument, which makes you want to play non-stop thanks to its playability, ergonomics, tone, and general feel. Having a hand-finished product means that there is room for manoeuvre in terms of personalising some of its features and appointments. Left-handed model is available as well as a wide variety of finish, including blond, antique blond, antique honey and Natural, with nitrocellulose lacquer or french-polished.

 

In conclusion, I strongly recommend trying at Fibonacci Chiquita and all the Fibonacci models at your earliest opportunity, I am sure you will be as impressed as I am!

 

 

For more information, please visit:

fibonacciguitars.com

 

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