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Fano Explorer 1989 - Koa - $3,000 (Downers Grove)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Fano
model name / number: 8 String Explorer Bass
FANO 8 String EXPLORER BASS.
CUSTOM MADE BY DENNIS FANO OF FANO GUITARS
1989 ONE OF A KIND.
KOA WOOD. Alembic J-Bass Activator pick-ups and Signature electronics with 3-way Q switch.

ABOUT THE INSTRUMENT:

Handmade Custom 8 String EXPLORER BASS GUITAR BUILT BY DENNIS FANO (one of the best Luthiers in the business) IN 1989. The bass was recently upgraded with Alembic J-Bass Activator pick-ups and Signature electronics with 3-way Q switch.

NOTE FROM DENNIS FANO REGARDING THIS GUITAR:

“Hello, Wow, that takes me back a bit! I did indeed "build" that 8-string bass for a friend of mine back in 1989. It was one of the first, if not the first, instruments that I tried my hand at when I took an interest in guitar making. I wasn't keeping records at that time but I do know that the body and neck were custom ordered from Warmoth Guitars. I believe the body is alder with a flame koa top and the neck is maple with either an ebony fingerboard, and has a matching koa peghead veneer.

It's a cool bass. It was really built to suit X’s playing style. I know that he was influenced by Sting who played an Ibanez 8-string bass.

Cheers! DF”

A SPECIAL THANKS TO DENNIS FOR HIS ASSISTANCE IN PROVIDING PROVENANCE FOR THIS BASS.

This amazing BASS guitar includes these features:

BODY: Custom ALDER EXPLORER with INCREDIBLE KOA TOP THAT IS HIGHLY FLAMED AND FIGURED.
NOTE-This is another one of those guitars that is just about impossible to photograph. The top is so HIGHLY FIGURED AND FLAMED THAT IT IS ALMOST BLINDING WHEN LIGHT STRIKES IT. IT HAS A SUPERB CLEAR NITRO LAQUER FINISH.
NECK: MAPLE.
FINGERBOARD: EBONY.
BRIDGE: SCHALLER FIXED GOLD.
TUNERS: Gotoh GOLD.
PICKUPS: Alembic J-Bass Activator pick-ups
ACTIVE ELECTRONICS: Alembic Signature electronics with 3-way Q switch
FRETS: SMALL N/S
STRING SET UP: Two strings are played at once-main string and a second string that sounds an octave above.
GOLD STRAP LOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED and comes with TOOLED BLACK & TAN STRAP.
CONDITION IS PRISTINE. Has few dings and some age checking on the headstock. Please look at photos to verify condition to your satisfaction.
Original black hard shell case.

Cash Only/Pickup Only

post id: 7744960653

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