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Brand New w/ Warranty. We are an authorized Fano Dealer.
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Each Fano Oltre series guitar is handbuilt in the USA using an old-growth North American Alder body, maple neck and a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The result is a resonant, lively instrument crafted with care and precision. This series allows for a number of customizations, from color to pickguard, knobs to pickups. Models can be built with either a maple or rosewood fretboard to meet the needs of a variety of players. If this isn’t the exact Fano you are looking for, contact us to spec one out precisely to your liking!
What Do We Think?
The Lollar El Rayos in this guitar provide the articulation of a single coil with the roundness of a humbucker. Clean tones are open through the midrange and chimey on top, with plenty of body beneath that stays tight and defined. The pickups handle gain in much the usual creamy fashion of other humbuckers, but with more nuance in the midrange. They have a rich but moderate output that doesn’t hit the front end of your pedals too hard, leaving them the headroom to work their magic with clarity.
This guitar also has coil splits up its sleeve! Being a low resistance pickup, the coil splits have a notable volume drop when used alone. But used in conjunction with the opposite pickup left in full humbucking mode, the tones are fantastic. Splitting the bridge and leaving the neck humbucking gives you tones reminiscent of the middle position on a Telecaster, sugary sweet and with a nice pop at the same time. Splitting the neck while leaving the bridge humbucking has a nice compression and subtle out-of-phase honk.
We find the tone control to be especially friendly with the El Rayos. The sweep is wide and even. Dialing back while in the bridge position will bring you to Malcom Young-inspired chime and grind, classic dirty ZZ Top rhythm tones, and even the filtered/cocked-wah sounds of Brad Paisley’s “Ticks” all the back at around 2. The tone knob regulates the crystalline clarity of the middle position when you want to mellow the pick attack. And the neck pickup can bear exceptional warmth while still maintaining a sweet string-to-string definition.
This guitar has a lot going on in the tone department. But we would be remiss not to acknowledge the visual appeal of the guitar as well! The tortoise-covered pickups, Burgundy Mist finish and natural nitro finish checking are surely some of the highlights.
How Does It Play?
The early 60’s C neck profile is moderately slim, with a nice bit of shoulder to comfortably support the hand. The fretwork is impeccable and highly polished so that your string bends feel smooth as butter. The neck adjusts right where it needs to be and the string action is low and fast. Specifically, the string action measures just 4/64” on the low E at the 12th and nearly down to 3/64” on the high E without any buzz
Weight: 7lb 10.4oz
The Fano Custom padded gigbag is included.
Neck: Maple (Bolt-on, 10 degree headstock pitch, vintage style truss rod)
Fingerboard: Rosewood with Rolled Edges
Fingerboard Radius: Compound 9.5"-12"
Neck Shape: Early 60's "C" Shape (.830 - .920)
Scale Length: 25.5"
Inlay: Dots (White Pearloid)
Frets: 22 - Jescar Medium Jumbo Nickel/Silver
String Nut: 1.65" Graphtech Tusq XL
Tuning Keys: Fano Modern Kluson-style
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Color: Burgundy Mist
Neck Color: Vintage Amber Tint
Upper Headcap Color: Burgundy Mist
Lower Headcap Color: Vintage Amber Tint
Body Distress: NOS
Neck Distress: NOS
Neck Pickup: Lollar El Rayo
Bridge Pickup: Lollar El Rayo
Pickup Covers: Nickel Ring/Tortoise Top
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Controls: Volume, Tone, & 3-Way Switch (Push/Pulls on Volume and Tone for coil splits)
Bridge: TonePros T.O.M. and Stoptail
Knobs: Nickel Barrel
Switch Tip Knob: Nickel
Strings: D'Addario "NYXL" .010 - .046
Case & Accessories: "Fano" Custom Gig Bag, Polish Cloth, and Wrench