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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?
This guitar is the perfect mate to your Fender and D-Style amps. True to its appearance, it sits ready to take over territory commonly tackled with a Blackguard Tele, but with a bit of a souped-up take on those tones.
The Lollar Firebird pickups in the neck and bridge position sound like a Tele on steroids. They have the open and crisp EQ curve of a single coil but a bit of the roundness and compression of a humbucker. More output than a single coil and they do indeed buck the hum just like a traditional humbucker.
The middle control knob rolls the middle pickup in and out of the signal. You can blend it in or even solo it by cutting the volume for the neck/middle. The Lollar Broiler nails those swampy Goldfoil-like tones. It sounds phenomenal with a slide. Crank a bit of gain and this pickup really comes to life.
And of course, this lets you dial in those “in-between” tones as well. Compared to a Strat, these combinations of neck/middle and bridge/middle have a warmer, more powerful low end but still have all that perfect snap and quack up top. You can also have all three pickups running at the same time, serving up the quality of all three pickups in equal proportion.
Lastly, you have a coil split on all pickups! This is activated by a push/pull pot on the volume knob. So there’s another whole layer of tones to experiment with! You can get real spanky cleans here, whether favoring the bridge pickup for true Tele twang or mixing the middle pickup in for more of the vintage Strat thing.
How Does It Play?
The string action on this beauty measures just 4/64” on the low E at the 12th fret, and 3/64” on the high E. No fretbuzz. The neck profile is a nice 50’s round C, full and meaty but not overwhelmingly chunky. The neck is tung-oiled smooth and fast on the back where the finish is removed and just further promotes an instant bond to the instrument.
Weight: 8lbs 5oz
This guitar ships with a Fano Deluxe padded gigbag.
Body Wood: Alder
Neck Wood: Maple
Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
Neck Joint: Bolt On
Neck Shape: Late 50’s Round Back .860 – .970
Scale Length: 24.75”
Fretboard Radius: 10”-16” Compound Radius
Fretboard Inlay/Material: Dots / Clay
Neck Distress: Heavy
Body Distress: Heavy
Body Color: Butterscotch Blonde
Neck Color: Vintage Amber Tint
Upper Peghead Color: Butterscotch Blonde
Lower Peghead Color: Vintage Amber Tint
Hardware: Aged Nickel
Tuners: Fano Deluxe
Neck Pickup: Lollar Firebird
Middle Pickup: Lollar Mini Broiler
Bridge Pickup: Lollar Firebird
Pickup Covers: Nickel
Pickguard: Phenolic (“Bakelite”)
Electronics: Volume (push/pull), Volume, 3-Way Toggle
Switch Tip: Black
Knobs: Nickel Barrel
Bridge: TonePros TOM w/ Bigsby B5