Fano Alt De Facto PX4 Bass - Hot or Not

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Fano... Hot or Not?

  1. Hot

    56 vote(s)
    46.3%
  2. Not

    28 vote(s)
    23.1%
  3. Carrots

    37 vote(s)
    30.6%
  1. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

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  2. TheGrizz

    TheGrizz

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    I dig it. The Antigua finish looks off, but I'd rock it.
  3. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

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    I thought that also, too much yellow.
  4. bass_snake

    bass_snake

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    Looks great! Do you know how it sounds like?

    Fred
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  6. chris.gotfunk

    chris.gotfunk Supporting Member

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    Cool look. Not so cool price. Too high in my opinion.
  7. bass_snake

    bass_snake

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    Yeah, price is high.
  8. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

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    That's pretty cool, but a bit over priced IMO.

    OH man........
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    Or this:
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    I need to stay away from the store!!!!! LOL!!!
  9. TheWolf

    TheWolf

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    $2200 for a Custom Relic'd Prototype Bass.... Wonder how it sounds? Still I personally voted carrots but that was because I was not sure if it was 60's Italian or the like... Turns out it is essentially a one of a kind impression ofa bunch of styles together, I like the Gretsch Billy Bass Better...
  10. uglymutt

    uglymutt

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    like the shape not the colour or the price tag, curious about how it sounds though
  11. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Supporting Member

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    The Fano Alt De Facto PX4 Bass has a better layout than a T-Bird, but I don't see anything special in it. It's just another bolt-on neck 4-string.
  12. kraigo

    kraigo

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    I like it, but I always buy with the thought of "how much do I stand to lose if/when I sell it?" Pay $2300, and you'd be very lucky to get $500 out of it on the backside. Declined.

    I like Fano in general, if just because of the connection XTC, one of my favorite bands.

    KO
  13. OhThePeacock

    OhThePeacock

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    Price is to high but that's an awesome looking bass!
  14. vegas532

    vegas532 Supporting Member

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    Played it at NAMM and dug it. It was lightweight, balanced well, the neck was super comfy and broken in and it sounded great. I like it, but am currently needing to behave (like most of us) with the ole checking account right now. ;)
  15. mongo2

    mongo2

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    Hot or Snot?

    I vote snot.
  16. jsingles

    jsingles

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  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Price-point aside, I kinda dig it.
    TV Jones make some nice pickups; coil taps would be a nice addition.

    "ToneStyler Tone Control."

    Wow. Thanks for all the details on what that is and how it works...
  18. Spanky(Andy)

    Spanky(Andy)

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    Hi folks,

    I've been emailing Dennis Fano about this bass, and didn't realise that the first example was already in a store (Fat Tone), let alone being discussed here on TB :)

    Please note that I am not affiliated with Fano Guitars, Dennis Fano or anyone else in the musical instrument industry in any way, I just thought I would share this in the interests of the broader bass community.

    Here are some responses from an email today (my stuff in italics, Dennis' replies in bold - note, I've edited out some of the preamble cos I was excited and sound like a silly fan-boi). The replies may shed some light on the design specs/tone circuit and future options:

    > Dennis, Classic - I love it.
    Thanks! I'm primarily a bass player, I love the concept and I love how it turned out.

    > What kind of pickups are they? I'm assuming they're humbuckers? Are they your own design, or aftermarket?
    The pickups are custom made for me by TV Jones. Future models will have individual coil taps for even greater versatility.

    I'm using the Stellartone ToneStyler tone control as well. (http:// www.stellartone.com/Page.asp?NavID=147) I don't know if you're familiar with them but they're pretty amazing! The ToneStyler is essentially 16 tone controls in one. It's completely passive so there are no batteries and it has a bypass position. The difference between some of the positions is subtle but it easily provides 8 or 9 unique
    bass sounds.

    The bridge and tuners are from Hipshot, the scale length is 32" and the neck carve is a cross between a '62 Jazz bass (1.5" at the nut) and a Ric 4001 (2.2" at the 20th fret). It's a great feel for guys like me who have average size hands.

    I've attached the spec sheet below.

    Cheers!
    DF


    Please note that the spec sheet PDF was over 3mb, so I took a screen shot of it and have attached it to this post.

    Attached Files:

  19. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

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    looks like the old guild jetstar basses.
  20. dannster

    dannster Supporting Member

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    Frankenstein....anybody ever buy one of these?
  21. BassManPatsFan

    BassManPatsFan Supporting Member

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    Seriously, no buzz about these?

    I just played this bass at Chicago Music Exchange and it was unreal. Instant gas.

    Granted, the non-reverse thunderbird is probably my second favorite or favorite body shape of all time and I have a major affinity for <34" scales (both my basses are 30.75"), but I'm still amazed that this bass hasn't generated more interest on here. Yes, the price is high, but for a state of the art hand built instrument that has a killer vintage vibe, sounds amazing and feels like butter, it's not that ludicrous. The neck felt like something I had been playing for years within 5 minutes of playing the bass. I didn't even bother checking out the tone styler knob too much because it sounded so good on the setting that was selected when I picked it up.

    Anybody own one? After I buy a new amp, I'll start saving immediately.

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