Fascinating Instruments from Our Collection: Fano Alt De Facto TC6 Guitar

Fano Mashup

Mash-ups. Ever head of such a thing? If you are under 30, odds are you have. For those of you with no idea what a “mash-up” is, here’s a quick definition. Simply put, the marriage of two or more iconic themes or characters into one image is considered a Mashup. For example, the cast of the Simpsons in the place of the Star Wars cast, or Brando as the godfather petting Garfield. The Golden Girls with KISS makeup? The results are funny, familiar, and the limits are only restricted by the imagination. Enter The ‘Alt De Facto” Series of Fano Guitars. Boy oh boy, this marriage of great ideas and appointments on this Fano guitar is past due. So, what is it? Or, how many things is it? Or even, what isn’t it?

About the Fano Alt De Facto TC6

For starts, it’s fun, it’s quality (pro-quality), and it’s got more vibe than Elvis’s  Caddy with Ann Margret and the King in the back, and more vibe than Nixon up front with Liddy driving. The Fano Alt De Facto TC6 is simply the Frankenstein monster of guitars.  It’s alive and it screams! It’s like an alien race that never saw a guitar, attempted to build a guitar from parts of all kinds of vintage guitars. The body itself has the approximate dimensions as the world loved Fender Telecaster. Its finish closely resembles Fender’s famed (and Leo Fender’s favorite color) Candy Apple Red. The saddles are “borrowed” from a sawn of early ‘60s Tele. All kinda normal stuff right? Add a Tele pickguard, a pair of Tele pickups, and a Tele neck, and you’ve got another one of thousands of boutique Teles. In fact, boutique Tele builders are as common as Elvis impersonators. There are a few in every zip code.  We even have one or two at Sam Ash headquarters. However, that’s not what going on with this guitar.

Sound

For the electronics, we have a pair of TV Jones SuperTrons, modeled after the famous Gretsch SuperTrons used in models from the mid-sixties to the late seventies such as the Monkees model, the Roc Jet, the Astro Jet, and the neck of the Infamous Country Gent. The output is smooth and powerful, and they clean up nicely with the guitars volume control.

Look and Feel

The pickguard is lifted almost directly of the Danelectro/Sears Silvertone model (yup, the one that came in a case, with the amp built in). Neck is a comfy ’60-style compound radius 7.25-9.5, making this play just as vintage AND modern as it looks. Fano is not done with his “mash-up” yet. The headstock borrows its two-tone finish and odd, but familiar shape from Fender’s oddball short-lived “Starcaster”.

In Closing

When you combine all the oddities and mismatched appointments with top shelf building, you’ve got an obscure, yet familiar guitar. It is as diverse sounding as it looks. Twang? Yes sir, all you want. It’s also smooth and powerful. If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool rationalist, keep browsing—this hot-rod is not for you. For the adventurous player that looks to the future with one eye to the past, look no further. You have arrived.

This Fano Alt De Facto TC6 Guitar is currently on Display in our Sam Ash Orlando Music Store. To learn more about this exact Guitar or to make a purchase visit the Fano Alt De Facto on our Used Gear Website.

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Mike Rock
A fixture in the Rock and Roll guitar community since 1978, Mike Rock is the “Go-To” source for Sam Ash's most intricate questions involving Guitars and related gear. A collector whose true passion is playing, Mike has performed over 2,500 gigs around the world. Mike began his musical journey studying the trumpet. While buying sheet music for a recital, Mike first heard an electric guitar through a fuzz box. Forty years later, he still maintains that the fuzz WAS germanium based (he is a bit crazy). This encounter drove Mike to his first guitar and a tube amp. Soon his guitar was heavily modified and the amp was on its 3rd replacement speaker. Mike was hunting for tone and blowing guitar speakers before there was a “boutique” or “vintage” market. It wasn’t long before Mike was buying, and validating vintage guitars and gear for some of the biggest companies in the world, finally finding a home assisting mentor and friend Sammy Ash, at the place where he heard that first Fuzz Guitar, so many years ago. Mike still performs regularly and recognizes the history and beauty of vintage and modern gear. Mike is aware not everyone is a collector and most players need a set up that works for the sound they chase, regardless of its pedigree, or vintage or status.