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Novo Guitars Solus M1

Novo Guitars Solus M1  ·  Source: Novo Guitars

Dennis Fano’s boutique US brand, Novo Guitars, has introduced the new Solus model for 2020, an offset, single-pickup model with looks to die for.

Novo Guitars Solus

Dennis Fano of Novo Guitars has been busy. Earlier this month it was announced that his brand would be realigning with Rivolta Guitars, and now we have news of two amazingly sweet looking offset models for 2020.

Both new Novo Guitars Solus models come with a single bridge pickup. The Solus F1 has a traditional T-style ashtray-type bridge and single-coil pickup layout, while the Solus M1 is the p90 equipped version and has a wraparound bridge.

Novo Guitars Solus F1

Novo Guitars Solus F1

Fralin loaded

Pickups are either a Fralin T pickup for the F1, or a Fralin dogear P-90 pickup for the M1, both wired via PIO Emerson capacitors and Emerson pots for the master volume and tone controls.

Depending on the model you choose, you either get a Gotoh ‘T’ bridge with “In-Tune” compensated brass saddles (for the F1), or a wrapover bridge (for the M1). Apart from the pickup and bridge layout, the rest of the specs for both the models are the same.

The guitars feature a 24.75″ scale length and come with a tempered pine body. The neck is made out of tempered maple with a rosewood fingerboard, 22 Jescar 6125 frets and clay dot inlays. It has a beefy C profile and a comfortable 9.5″ radius. The machineheads are Kluson vintage single line tuners.

Both the guitars look sweet and simple, and I’m sure they sound phenomenal. My only real issue with them, in fact, is that I really want one of each.


Boutique Custom

You have a few choices when it comes to finish, but as this is a boutique guitar company, expect some interesting variations over time.

Standard Options

  • Standard colours
  • Light distress finish
  • Choice of standard pickguard material
  • Novo gig bag

Custom Options

  • Custom colours inc – sparkle, fade, colour-over-colour
  • Medium distress finish
  • Custom pickguard material – painted plexi, aluminium, bakelite, firestripe, painted parchment
  • Novo G&G hardshell case


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by Jef

3 responses to “NAMM 2020: Novo Guitars’ Solus – new boutique offset model launched”

  1. Janne says:

    Nice. Would like a neck pickup option, can’t imagine they wouldn’t do it if asked.

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