Fano Psonicsphear, Retrosphear and Stratosphear
Welcome to the Fanosphear!
What will the future look and feel like?...from the point of view of living in the 1950s.
Introducing Sphears, the retro-futuristic breakthrough from master builder Dennis Fano. AlumAcrylic bodies feature a chambered acrylic core fused to an anodized aluminum skin. Psonicsphear, Retrosphear, Strotosphear. It's a look, feel and sound that will take you back - to the future.
In Dennis Fano's words:
"Walk into most any guitar shop, look at the instruments on display and you'll start to notice how the appearance of the electric guitar has remained relativcely unchanged wince its advent.
"In designing and building the Sphears line I was inspired by the question, 'What will the future look and feel like?...only from the point of view of living in the 1950s.'
"I drew on numerous retro-future archetypes from film, architecture and pop culture as well as vintage guitars born of forward thinking designs and choice of materials
."I was inspired by the look and tone of Dan Armstrong plexiglass guitars. The plexi body was certainly forward looking and it gave the guitars great sustain, but the dense material made the guitars heavy and uncomfortable. For the Sphears I decided to use plexi as the core of the body, but I was able to reduce the weight by about 60% by carving out a large portion of the material between the perimeter wall and the solid center block. This had the added benefit of adding a unique acoustic quality to the instruments.
"Another inspiration for me was the guitars made by Nathan Daniel (Danelectro), with their hollow plywood frame and masonite top and back plates. I tried to bring some of that feeling to the Sphears but I opted to use anodized aluminum tone plates to give it a sleek skin. It's a look and material that's consistent with the futuristic yet touch-friendly feeling of the MacBook and iPod.
"The result for me, and I hope for the artists who I design and build for, is something completely different: futuristic but with a pinch of retro - and a guitar they can rely on as a serious tool."
The Fano Sphears come in three different styles: the Psonicsphear, the Retrosphear and the Stratosphear.
- Chambered clear acrylic body core
- Anodized 6061 aluminum tone plates
- Maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- 24.75" scale length - 22 frets
- 1.687" nut width
- 10"-16" compound radius
- 6105 fretwire
- Late '50s round back shape
- Chrome hardware
- Gotoh tuners
- TonePros Tune-O-Matic bridge
- Lollar Omni-tron pickups
- Volume, tone, on/off switches
- In/out phase switching
- Earth Blue
- Jupiter Orange
- Saturn Green
- Meteor White
- Lunar Grey
- Mars Red