Rivolta Combinata from Novo and Eastwood Guitars
Eastwood Guitars and Novo Guitars introduce the first guitar that they came up with, the new Rivolta Combinata.
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The first model to come out of this line is the Combinata, and it is a mass production version of one of Dennis' boutique hand-built guitars. This joint effort aims to make Novo Guitars' unique guitar designs more accessible to guitar players, by utilizing the production and distribution capabilities of Eastwood Guitars.
The story goes that Dennis Fano was looking for a way to make his guitars widely available, and so he partnered with Mike Robinson of Eastwood Guitars. And the Rivolta line of guitars is the result of this collaboration, featuring the Fano's unique shape designs, built and distributed by Eastwood Guitars.
Dennis Fano explains, "I’m excited to partner with Eastwood to launch the Rivolta brand. These guitars will offer fans of Novo and my previous designs a chance to get the guitar they’ve always wanted."
The first model to come out of this new line of guitars is called the Combinata, a unique looking double cutaway guitar with a chambered mahogany body and a uniquely carved top. While it does have a double cutaway shape, the difference between it and the common designs in the market today is substantial enough to make it easily standout. Still it's not too much of an oddball, giving it a familiar yet unique appeal. The guitar's default Adriatic Blue Metallic finish also adds to the guitar's overall premium appeal, but you can also go for the Pomodoro Red Metallic finish, the Toro Black Metallic, or the Autunno Burst.
The guitar has a set-in maple neck, that is topped by a rosewood fingerboard. It has 24 total frets, running along its scale length of 25", while the back of the neck follows a Rivolta C+ neck profile that's described as being comfortably chunk, matching the nut width of 1.687". The fingerboard is bound to match the block mother-of-pearl inlays, which helps give the neck an overall old school look and feel. The headstock follows a custom shape, comes with the same finish as the body and is equipped with Kluson Style tuners.
Giving Rivolta Combinata its tone are two P-90 style pickups, both of which are wired to a 3-way pickup selector switch, a master tone knob, and a master volume knob. The standard model comes with a compensated wraptail bridge, while the DeluxeTrem model comes factory equipped with a Duesenberg Les TRem II with roller saddle bridge.
Mike Robinson concludes, "All of us at Eastwood and Airline guitars have been fans of Dennis’ creations for many years. With his keen eye for design and attention to detail that professional players have come to expect, we’re confident this will be a home run."
Some online retailers have the new Rivolta Combinata available for pre-order for $1199, with a scheduled for release date of March 2017. For further details and the complete specifications, you can head over to Rivolta Guitars.
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