The brand new Rivolta Mondata STD is the latest design from acclaimed US luthier Dennis Fano and is built in conjunction with Eastwood guitars. I can feel my wallet wincing already and I haven’t even told you the details yet!
Cool as f**k
I’m unashamedly going to gush like a little girl about this guitar and say it straight out: I love the design. It ticks all the boxes for me, aesthetically. OK, with that out of the way, we can move on…
With a designed by Dennis Fano and Rivolta Guitars, part of Eastwood Guitars, there’s a good pedigree here. This guitar comes from a set of people that are all into cool retro vibes, and can conjure an offset guitar with its heritage emanating from ’60s stylings, a time when guitars oozed cool.
I wrote about Rivolta Guitars last year when they did their first run and I have to say this year’s models look even better to my eye.
The Mondata STD has a chambered mahogany body with a really nice German Carve top and uses an internal central block for construction. I expect it could sound very good with this style of construction, but the by-product of this design is that it looks very tasty and has a very retro vibe to its shape.
The neck has a set C shape, maple 25″ scale length and a rosewood fretboard with white binding as well as massive full-width moto block inlays. The guitar comes loaded with Firebird-style Mini-Humbucker pickups in nickel covers. They look very cool, as there are three of them, so expect a lot of tonal varieties via the master volume, master tone and twin toggle switches.
Watch the video below and hear for yourself how beautifully creamy and smooth this guitar can sound. I love the look and it sounds lush in the video. So there goes all my money. I am astonished by the price, to be honest – if you want anything this cool and boutique-looking you are normally looking at two to three times this kind of price tag.
RRP – GBP 1185
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