Following up on the success of the Combinata comes the latest addition to the family: The Mondata XVIII. The tradition of offering fresh takes on classic Dennis Fano designs continues with this offset design, incorporating elements of the Fano JM6 and the classic non-reverse Firebird.
Like the Combinata, the Mondata features a double-bound chambered mahogany body with bound neck and vintage pearloid block inlays. This DLX version also includes a B-50 Bigsby.
You can expect a punchy and clear tone from the Firebird pickups, think 'humbuckers that sound like FAT single coils' and you're there. If versatility is your thing, the two switch configuration gives you every possible pickup combination.
FEATURES & SPECS
- Chambered mahogany body w/ mahogany top
- German carve top w/ raised center block
- White binding on front and back
- Set maple neck
- Ebony fingerboard w/ white binding
- Full width moto block inlays
- 3+3 peghead w/ white binding
- 25" scale length
- 1.687" nut width
- C' shape neck carve
- 3x 'Fumante' Mini-Humbuckers
-Bridge: 42AWG / Alnico V / 7.5kOhm
-Middle: 42AWG / Alnico V / 6.8kOhm
-Neck: 42AWG / Alnico V / 6.2kOhm
- Master volume, master tone, 2 toggle switches
- Kluson style tuners
- Tune-o-matic bridge w/ traditional nylon saddles & Les Trem Tremolo
- 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)
"Everything this guitar does has a full-frequency hi-fi quality that belies its pawn shop looks. All three pickups are on the powerful side, and while the bridge unit is the most ‘retro’ in terms of top-end bite and Gretschy twang, it retains plenty of body and never gets nasal."
FUMANTE MINI HUMBUCKERS
Classic vintage Firebird tones with clear & articulate highs and a rich low end. Our proprietary Alnico V ‘Fumate’ Mini- Humbuckers 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.
The Mondata features a raised center block; a nod to classic 60’s guitar design. This is paired with German carved wing sections, gentle forearm contour and chambered, mahogany construction, providing additional weight relief for an effortless playing experience.