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Fano Guitars Retrosphear Electric Guitar
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Introducing Sphears, the retro-futuristic breakthrough from master builder Dennis Fano. This model is the Retrosphear Electric Guitar, one of 3 in th...Click To Read More About This Product
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A retro-futuristic guitar of clear acrylic, aluminum plates and deluxe componants.
Introducing Sphears, the retro-futuristic breakthrough from master builder Dennis Fano. This model is the Retrosphear Electric Guitar, one of 3 in the series. Its AlumAcrylic body has a chambered acrylic core fused to an anodized aluminum skin. This combination provides plenty of sustain, but at a comfortable weight. In addition to a fantastic appearance, features include a compound radius maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and Lollar Omni-matic pickups.
In the words of Master Guitar Builder Dennis Fano:
"I chose anodized alumium for the tone plates because I wanted to use a material that's sleek and futuristic, yet touch friendly. My challenge is to design an instrument that looks, feels and sounds unique, and that artists can rely on as a serious tool. With the Sphears line I was inspired by a variety of classic designs that use unconventional materials and construction methods to create something entirely new.
In designing and building the Sphears line I was inspired by the question, "What will the future look and feel like?...only from the point of view of living in the 1950's."
I drew on numerous retro-future archetypes from film, architecture and pop culture as well as vintage guitars born of forward-thinking designs and choice of materials.
I was inspired by the look and tone of Dan Armstrong plexiglass guitars. The plexi body was certainly forward looking and it gave the guitars great sustaain, but the dense material made the guitars heavy and uncomfortable. For the Sphears I decided to use plexi as the core of the body, but I was able to reduce the weight by about 60% by carving out a large portion of the material between the perimeter walls and the solid center block. This had the added benefit of adding a unique acoustic quality to the instruments.
Another inspiration for me was the guitars made by Nathan Daniel (Danelectro), with their hollow plywood frame and masonite top and back plates. I tried to bring some of that feeling to the Sphears but I opted to use anodized aluminum tone plates to give it a sleek skin.
The result for me, and I hope for the artisits who I design and build for, is something completely different: Futuristic but with a pinch of retro - and a guitar they can rely on as a serious tool."
The result is a look, feel and sound that will take you back - to the future.
- Chambered clear acrylic body core
- Anodized 6061 aluminum tone plates
- Maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- 24.75" scale length - 22 frets
- 1.687" nut width
- 10"-16" compound radius
- 6105 fretwire
- Late '50s round back shape
- Chrome hardware
- Gotoh tuners
- TonePros tune-o-matic bridge
- Lollar Omni-matic pickups
- Volume, tone, on/off switches
- In/out phase switching
- Includes Fano gig bag
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