British Jazz guitar specialist Fibonacci has announced The Londoner – a Nigel Price signature model.
Introduced to the company by fellow Fibonacci endorser, Martin Taylor, Price had a very specific set of requirements, as Fibonacci explains: ‘It was determined that we were missing something in our range of guitars. Nigel was after a 17”, thinline with 637mm scaling, and floating AVRII bridge…at that time we didn’t make a guitar to this specification. Our focus had been on smaller body archtops. So, working with Nigel to develop a guitar that we did not yet offer, was an ideal collaboration.
‘It just so happened that Nigel lives in Epsom, a 10 minute drive away from our workshop in Worcester Park, SW London. So, in a relatively short period of time, we finalised the specifications for the guitar, confirmed the overall design, and built a prototype – a carved flame maple top, finished in bister nitro. The result is stunning’.
Aiming to give The Londoner a ’60s Jazz sound, a pickup trial was arranged but in the end the decision was taken to create an entirely new design, a floating humbucker containing alnico four and five magnets, with the wound strings coil tapped to allow the clarity to remain in the low end when rolling off treble at the top.
‘The new pickupʼs casing needed to accommodate the required turns of wire. Therefore, fulfilling the requirements, of the design, the result is a larger than normal size floating humbucker. Thus, being big on sound and size, we aptly named it the ʻBig Benʼ!’ the company says.
No price is quoted but the luxuriously appointed guitars are available for pre-order now.