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Brand New with Warranty. We are an authorized Fano dealer!
Like what you see? Photos are of the exact instrument you will receive.
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?
Weighing in at a resonant 6lb 3oz, this guitar is soft on the shoulder but loaded with tone. Yes, it will invoke your inner Derek Trucks if you’re halfway handy with a slide. But let’s get into some specifics. The uncovered zebra coil Lollar Imperials have a gorgeous woody low end with a refreshingly-open
midrange. Yes, covers (or lack thereof) do make a difference! This guitar
also features nylon saddles that sweeten the notes by coloring the very top end without muddying the underlying frequencies.
Listening to our tech play as we put our heads together writing this, I hear generous body in the bridge pickup. The power and grunt fall nicely in the lower midrange and it will do a good rhythm chug all day long. But don’t box in the pickup’s potential, because you’ll also enjoy a dry bark across the entire tonal spectrum that will sing and sustain right up through the upper reaches of the fretboard.
The neck position is warm and smooth, highlighting the sweetness of the mahogany neck and body. Single notes exude a big jazz-esque flavor, but strumming draws out the acoustic qualities of the guitar and reveals some nice snap and percussion in the upper registers. We know humbucker guys don’t tend to land in the middle position too often, but you’ll find stunning clarity, sparkle and sustain should you choose to venture there. The coil-tapped tone (via a push/pull tone pot) sounds incredible as well and had us playing right alongside the acoustic guitar on the Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music.”
with the neck dive on an SG? The more forward horn position of the strap button on this guitar allows it to balance very comfortably over the shoulder. This is really a hard guitar to put down. True words from our tech.
How Does It Play?
First of all, we really like the feel of the back of this neck. The sanded-down finish allows for a very smooth and broken-in playing experience that is especially welcome with the mahogany. Not a thin 60’s profile and not a baseball bat either, the neck profile falls right in the middle and can appease players from both sides of the aisle. The deep cutaways give you superb access to all 22 frets and the fretwork is excellent. The action is low and the guitar is fully ready to play.
Weight: 6lb 3oz
The Fano hard case manufactured by G&G Cases is included.
Body Wood: Mahogany
Neck Wood/Type: Mahogany/Set
Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
Neck Shape: Late 50’s Roundback (.860 – .970)
Scale Length: 24.75”
Nut: 1.687” Graphtech Tusq XL
Fretboard Radius: 10”-16” Compound Radius
Fretboard Inlay/Material: Dots/White Moto
Neck Distress: Medium
Body Distress: Medium
Body Color: Candy Apple Red
Neck Color: Candy Apple Red
Upper Peghead Color: Bull Black
Lower Peghead Color: Candy Apple Red
Hardware: Nickel Aged Medium
Tuners: Gotoh Kluson
Neck Pickup: Lollar Zebra Imperial Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Lollar Zebra Imperial Humbucker
Pickup Rings: Black
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Electronics: Volume, Volume, Tone (push/pull), 3-Way Switch
Switch Tip: Cream
Knobs: Cream 1-10
Bridge: TonePros TOM (Nylon Saddles) w/ Stop Tailpiece
Weight: 6lb 3oz