Fican Guitars and Stefano
I’m proud to announce that Fican Guitars and myself have teamed up.
There are great guitar luthiers out there. Some of the finest guitars in the world are made right here in Australia however. Therefore it wasn’t even a choice of what brand to go with, but whom to share my music with. Stuart Monk who designs and builds every Fican Guitar has been the most cooperative, best communicating and understanding guitar builder I’ve spoken to.
When I got the idea of playing an Australian made guitar, my choices for top builders was made easy because of the service and support I’ve received from Fican Guitars. Every guitar is made with care. It also helped that guitar magazines that have had the opportunity to review Fican Guitars have had nothing but positive feedback for what seems to be a newcomer.
One of the many reasons I chose a Fican guitar is purely because they are different. I took a look at some guitar builders websites across Australia and I was a little disappointed that they were basically hand made Fender or Gibson clones. The guitars either looked like a Strat, Tele, Les Paul or if I was lucky, an ES335. Not to discount their amazing talent. These instruments will most definitely perform better than the original mass produced items.
One of the important elements was that if I was to perform with a custom made guitar, I wanted it to look different, not just play different or sound different. Then I had the difficult job of figuring out which model I wanted. This wasn’t a guitar I could just buy for a bargain on Ebay and sell if I didn’t like it.
It came down to two models. The Tornado with it’s lovely natural finish and piezo pickup, allowing me to blend in or go completely acoustic. It is a great feature, maybe for Lloyd Spiegel with his shuffle between acoustic and electric sounds during his performances. However, as much as I liked the guitar, it was a feature I had never used, never desired once in my career. Therefore I decided I could concentrate on other features I did want, desire and require since this was a custom guitar after all. I could ask for anything.
I decided on the Fican Cardwell. The raw Silky Oak finish of the body is beautiful. The Rosewood fretboard is something I’m more use to and prefer. The natural matte finish of the instrument is far better to play and feel. I personally believe it sounds nicer too, despite all the talk about tone-woods and their completely sham.
Most of the guitar work I do is based around rock and blues. A feature I wanted most was the ability to switch between single coil sound like a Fender Telecaster, and a high gain Les Paul sound. The Cardwell allowed me to play with single coils or tap in the humbucker and go crazy.
Most of my guitars are all equipped with Humbuckers. It’s a sound I like, and one that I work well with. But every now and then I get my single coil guitars out, and I personally hate carrying more gear than necessary, and having to switch guitars live on stage. So the ability to go from a single coil, spanky sound to a gut wrenching high gain overdrive was a wish come true.
Sure, I could get that with a $100 worth of parts and tech time on any of my guitars. But I do also like leaving my guitars the way they were manufactured. I’m not a tinkerer or a modifications kind of guy. So I like what I get with my instrument and use that to my advantage. Call me old fashioned.
And old fashioned it is… Fican Guitars are no nonsense, I didn’t want fancy pants stuff that’s going to fail on me. I need a solid instrument that’s going to go the distance. So I’m proud to be associated with Fican Guitars and Stuart has been nothing but the kindest with all my picky needs and concerns.