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. 

This killer Serus S might sum up Dennis Fano's concept better than any other model in his lineup. Why? The clear nod to a mid 50s Stratocaster - the perfectly aged Blonde finish, single ply white pickguard, 5-way switch, 3 Fralin single coils, maple neck - gives you a reference point from which you can see how he's stretched that classic design into his own, incredibly cool design. It's not too hard to imagine finding this guitar tucked away in Leo Fender's file cabinet - a prototype that is just seeing the light of day. 

Hallmarks of a Novo? Lightweight, ultra-resonant, exception fretwork, setup, and playability...and of course, tones. This guitar feels so comfortable and broken-in, there is simply no "adjustment period" - it feels amazing from the second you pick it up. The neck feels like it came off of a well loved early 60s Fender and is a highlight on all Novo guitars in truth. 

Tonally? Sounds like a killer Strat, period. It's hearing that tone with the way this guitar feels in your lap that makes it really inspiring - the feel is different, but the tones are 100% Strat. It plays like a short scale guitar though it's a long scale - the neck is shifted to the right every so slightly which alleviates having to reach for first position chords. The upper fret access is also perfect. There's simply nothing in your way. 

Looking past the excellent build quality, playability, and tones...there's something simple, joyous, and just plain fun about playing this Serus S. 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 pine body w/front and back contours
  • Tempered maple neck
  • 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
  • Black dots
  • Wilkinson Bridge
  • Kluson tuners
  • 5-way switch, V, T controls
  • Fralin Strat pickups
  • 1-ply parchment pickguard 
  • 10-46 strings 
  • Mono deluxe gig bag/hybrid case
  • 7lbs

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