The Combinata, Dennis Fano's first design for the Rivolta line, was aptly named given its combination of two inspirations: the Rickenbacker Combo, and Dennis' own RB6.
Taking cues from the Rivolta Mondata, this new model takes the Combinata concept even further; fusing the Mondata's sought-after 3-pickup layout and switching system with iconic Combinata aesthetics.
The COMBINATA XVIII is the evolution of a design with which followers of Dennis Fano should be very familiar. The larger and slightly offset body give the COMBINATA a shapely silhouette and more substantial feel. The chambered mahogany body features a German carve top (mahogany on metallics, maple on burst). The 25″ scale maple set-neck sports the comfortably chunky “Rivolta C+” neck profile, with 24 medium jumbo frets.
FEATURES & SPECS
- chambered mahogany body
- German carve top (mahogany on solid colours, maple on natural/burst)
- double bound body
- set maple neck
- Ebony fingerboard
- MOTO block inlays
- bound peghead
- 25” scale – 24 frets
- 12″ fingerboard radius
- 1.687″ nut width
- Rivolta C+ neck profile
- Rivolta “Novanta” P-90 pickups
-Bridge: 43AWG / Alnico V / 9.1kOhm
-Middle: 43AWG / Alnico V / 8.6kOhm
-Neck: 43AWG / Alnico V / 8.3kOhm
- nickel hardware
- Kluson style tuners
- les trem tremolo, nylon saddles at bridge
- gold plexi RB6-style pickguard
- Rivolta Premium Soft Case: INCLUDED
The Combinata VIII features a first for Dennis Fano: it's his first design to incorporate a double switching system, including a selector switch for the bridge and neck pickups, and a mode switch. The mode switch has 3 positions:
"Standard" (toggle down: no middle pickup, only bridge and/or neck pickup, selected via upper toggle)
"Combo" (toggle in the middle: middle pickup + bridge and/or neck pickup, selected via upper toggle)
"Override" (toggle up: middle pickup only, upper toggle bypassed)
"The workmanship is terrific. The finish and binding are flaw-free. The expertly installed vintage-flavored frets provide low, comfy action, while the neck has a substantial, old-school C profile."
- Premier Guitar
NOVANTA P90 PICKUPS
Percussive highs, defined lows and a snarling mid-range. Our proprietary, Alnico V ‘Novanta’ P90’s are wound to Dennis Fano’s specifications.
RIVOLTA "C+" NECK
Designed with comfort in mind, the Rivolta C+ profile is reminiscent of early 60’s F style guitars, but a little more substantial. The result is a neck that feels comfortably chunky, yet very easy to play.
GERMAN CARVE TOP
The elegant, sweeping German Carve adds a classic, vintage appearance and depth to the Combinata’s aesthetic. Alongside the chambered mahogany core, the carve also adds additional weight relief to the instrument for an effortless playing experience.
LES TREM TREMOLO
The Duesenberg Les Tremolo II was designed as a direct, no modification tremolo for tune-o-matic/stoptail equipped guitars. Featuring simple, quick string changing. perfectly balanced tension and a super smooth action. The Les Tremolo II is coupled with a roller saddle tune-o-matic bridge for enhanced tuning stability.