I’ll say one thing for Fano Guitars, they have certainly come up with something that is cool and interesting – As they like to quote on their own web site ‘Fano Guitars combine vintage style and swagger, with modern playability and consistency, to make truly unique and inspiring instruments – Each instrument is crafted, one at a time, in the USA, with no assembly line in sight , so build + attention to detail is over seen by one builder – As such there is not a shed load of new Fano Guitars on the market place – That makes it harder to find a selection of used models – As such I’m happy to be able to offer for sale this used, 2012, Fano Alt De Facto MG6, with a super cool ‘aged sonic blue’ finish, that has been distressed to capture years of use – So in no particular order let me update you with a host of spec and features :-
- Select Alder body with an aged sonic blue finish – plenty of lacquer checking, with a faded vibe, but not over the top regarding wear, nicks, dings and dints – So played and aged, but not abused – Note matching headstock
- Whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 8oz
- Complete with deluxe Fano case along with the appropriate tags and spec sheet
- Maple neck – with ‘worn’ vintage amber neck, so it captures that ‘played in from day one character’ – Early 60’s C profile, so captures the character of a pre-CBS Fender – Measures .840″ around the top nut end and gently fills out to .949″ – Hence comfortable depth without ever feeling chunky
- 7.25″ to 9.5″ compound fingerboard radius
- The 22 frets are larger than vintage, but not super jumbo
- Dot inlays on a rosewood fingerboard
- Tusq top nut
- Aged nickel hardware :- Gotoh vintage/Kluson style tuners with slot string posts – Vintage style trem system with 6 screw/mounts – Vintage style 2 piece with milled block + top plate – Neat mod in that the 6 S saddles each sit in a little groove, so as they don’t slip sideways
- Knurled flat top ‘Tele’ style control knobs
- Parchment scratchplate + ‘off set style’ metal control plate
- Electrics – Simple 3 way switch + master volume + master tone
- Lollar Imperial vintage paf flavoured humbuckers – Neck measures 7.80K, whilst bridge measures 8.65K
Feel and playability :- Like many Custom Shop Fenders, Fano have captured the feel of a good old ‘un, but have added ‘modern tweaks’ to enrich the playability – Many like the feel of an early 60’s neck, so why change it – Fano have aged the finish so it feels ‘played in’ from day one – So none of that new sticky feel – To compliment the old school feel of the neck, Fano have spec’d the MG6 with a 7.25″ to 9.5″ fingerboard radius and added 22 frets that are more chunky than vintage – This allows for a more well balanced fluid playing action, throughout the length of the 22 fret fingerboard – It also allows for easy string bending without any choking out with a sensible fluid action – It is currently tuned to E with a set of 10-46 gauge strings, but I know many who buy such guitars like to utilise drop tunings and heavier gauge strings, so I can adjust as required – With that in mind I’ve set the trem flat to the belly, so drop the low E to D and all other strings will still retain their existing pitch – Yet only a touch of pressure on the trem arm is required for the trem to drop pitch, so it is still nice and sensative
Tonal character :- Bit of a mixed one – The nature of a bolt on maple neck always suggests snap and attack, coupled with an expressive dynamic response – Yet a pair of humbuckers always suggest more muscle than single coil pick-ups, with more depth – This package has plenty of sonic versatility – Start with cool retro style clean sounds and even add some gain for surf inspired riffs and licks and it is instantly fun – It offers something different to a Strat or Tele – Staying on clean amp setting, or with less gain and you can even drop into the chilled out lounge, for jazz/blues inspired licks and chords – Try J Marr Brit pop style licks and jangly chords and the MG6 is instantly at home – Each string of each chord can clearly be heard on overdriven amp settings – Tight and powerful, yet clear and jangly – More deep and warm on the neck pick-up with more bite and aggression on the bridge pick-up – For such styles, ensure you play around with the volume and tone pots – Subtle tweaks are effective and allow you to clean up an overdriven amp setting, to enable you to control the amp, without losing any of the guitars goodness – The same approach works on a hi-gain amp setting – With the guitar pots on 10, you’ll obtain the full on approach that moves you towards the red line – Yet a subtle tweak on the volume pot ensures everything is now more controlled – The overall tone is big, yet equally clear, crisp and tight – For some, such a guitar might be the only one you’ll need, to handle your playing style – Yet for others it is fun and brings something different different to the table, that you’ll not acquire from most traditional based models
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