Novo Guitars Serus J Amber



We're thrilled to welcome the Nashville-based Novo Guitars to the TME family! Let's say hello, shall we?

New to the Novo Guitars name? Chances are, you're well acquainted with founder Dennis Fano's work. Dennis has been making genre (and mind) bending guitars for over a decade and his ability to cross-pollinate elements of Gibson, Fender, Silvertone, Kay, and Rickenbacker guitars into something entirely new is the stuff of legend. 

It's hard to deny the strong Elvis Costello vibes emanating from this Serus J, the more Jazzmaster appointed of the Serus line. While we love a good Jazzmaster, they're...well....they're pretty quirky and can have limited application (unless you're Nels Cline or Tom Verlaine). What we can't deny though, is that an old, well-played Jazzmaster just looks amazing. Talk about vibe, mojo...whatever you like to call it, a well-used Jazzmaster has it in spades, as does this Serus J.

Dennis is the master of combining ultra-cool visual aesthetics with an impeccably made instrument. The setup, fretwork, and resulting playability is phenomenal. It's lightweight (6lbs 15oz), balances perfectly, and just invites plugging in, cranking your amp, and pounding out some of your favorite riffs. Clean, overdriven, edge of break up...this guitar handles it all with ease. We love that it makes reference to an old Jazzmaster, but it doesn't sound like one. It snarls like any well-made P90 guitar would, but with a lot more Fender-like twang and snap. 

It can't be overstated how comfortable this guitar is to play - there's simply nothing uncomfortable about it. Slinky, alive, resonant, a perfectly satin feeling medium C neck carve...It feels like a short scale guitar in your hands though it's a long scale. You're not reaching for the cowboy chords and lead work is a breeze with excellent upper fret access. 

Looking past the excellent build quality, playability, and tones...there's something simple, joyous, and just plain fun about playing this guitar. You get the impression that the Novo team has a blast making these guitars - you can just feel it when you sit down with one. Before you know it, an hour has passed, your finger tips are sore, your ears are ringing...and you're grinning ear to ear. But that's the whole point, no? 

Priced with a deluxe Mono gig bag.


  • Tempered butternut body w/front and back contours
  • Tempered maple neck
  • East Indian Rosewood fingerboard w/binding
  • Medium C carve - .830" @ 1st and .920" @ 12th
  • 9.5" radius
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 1.65" nut width, unbleached bone nut
  • Jescar 6125 frets, 21 total
  • Block inlays
  • Mastery Bridge & trem
  • Kluson tuners
  • 3-way switch, V, T controls
  • White which hat knobs
  • Fralin P90s 
  • 4-ply tortoise pickguard 
  • 10-46 strings 
  • Mono deluxe gig bag/hybrid case
  • 6lbs 13oz

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