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Brand New w/ Warranty. We are an authorized Fano Dealer.
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The Alt de Facto series is Fano’s top-of-the-line custom series. These are handbuilt in the USA by one luthier from start to finish so that every instrument tells a unique and cohesive story. Nitrocellulose lacquer body and neck of course. If this isn’t exactly the guitar you are looking for, let us know what you want and we’ll get you the best price on your custom build.
What Do We Think?
A Strat on steroids. The trio of Lollar Firebird pickups features an array of switching options to give you six different pickup positions in humbucking mode and six more coil split. The upper 3-way switch gives you traditional control of the neck and bridge pickups while the lower 3-way controls the middle pickup with blend/solo/off positions. In the blend position, the middle pickup mixes with the signal of the upper switch, while the solo position gives you middle pickup alone.
This guitar does clean and spanky like nobody’s business. It falls right into Modern Pop and Neo-Soul inspired licks. The Roasted Maple neck delivers an incredibly forward and reactive touch. Turning on a little overdrive drops you in jazz fusion territory and beyond. Again, the guitar has an immediacy and directness that hits hard and punches in a mix.
The blended character of all three pickups has depth, complexity and clarity all at the same time. Whether keeping the pickups in humbucking mode or coil-splitting via the push/pull tone pot, this position is rich and expressive. Moving the upper toggle for neck/middle or bridge/middle blends allow you to channel that Strat-ish “out-of-phase” tone a step further. Back to simple, the neck position is a favorite position of ours with any Lollar Firebird pickup set. It is bold and tight on the bottom, crisp and chimey on top.
How Does It Play?
Fano’s “early ‘60s” C profile is a nice medium C with a healthy shoulder. It supports the hand nicely and is a nice middle ground between thin and beefy. You’ll immediately appreciate the level of dressing and polishing Fano does on their frets. The neck sets up perfectly and the action is low without buzz. The trem arm in the Gotoh 510T fits tight without play, and the trem itself can be set up to your liking to be fully floating or for just a nice Bigsby-like wobble.
Weight: 8lb 3.8oz
The Fano G&G Custom Black Tweed hard case is included.
Body Wood: Swamp Ash
Neck Wood: Roasted Maple
Fretboard Wood: Roasted Maple with rolled edges
Neck Shape: Early 60's "C" Shape - .830-.920
Scale Length: 25.5”
Fretboard Radius: 7.25”-9.25” Compound Radius
Fretboard Inlay/Material: Dots/Black Pearloid
Neck Distress: Light
Body Distress: Light
Body Color: Dog Hair
Neck Color: Vintage Amber Tint
Upper Peghead Color: Bull Black
Lower Peghead Color: Olympic White
Hardware: Nickel Medium
Tuners: Gotoh Vintage Kluson
Neck Pickup: Lollar Firebird
Middle Pickup: Lollar Firebird
Bridge Pickup: Lollar Firebird
Pickup Covers: Nickel
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
Electronics: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Switch
Additional: 3-Way Switch for Middle Pickup Activation
Additional: Push/Pull on Tone Pot for Master Coil Split
Switch Tip: Black/White
Knobs: Black Strat
Bridge: “Vintage” 6-Screw Gotoh 510T S-Style Trem
Weight: 8lb 3.8oz
Serial Number: FM2105006