NAMM 2020 Demo: The Rivolta Mondata Baritone VII marks the beginning of a new era

The brand will now be more closely tied to Novo Guitars.

NAMM 2020: Rivolta Guitars has massive plans for the year ahead, announcing new models and a “realignment” of its brand under the famed luthier Dennis Fano and his own Novo Guitars.

Rivolta, which launched in 2019, will now fall under the Novo masthead, allowing its guitars to be showcased alongside the US-built Novo instruments. Significantly, the Novo name will appear on all Rivolta headstocks as “Rivolta by Novo Guitars”. Worldwide distribution and dealer initiatives will also be operated by the Novo team in the US, with all Rivolta instruments inspected, set up and shipped from Novo’s Nashville factory beginning January 2020.

“Since launching 2015, Rivolta has continued to exceed our growth expectations, and over this time it has become clear to us that the natural progression would be to reposition the brand under the Novo Guitars umbrella,” Fano said in a statement.

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In tandem with the announcement, Rivolta also revealed two brand-new models: the Mondata Baritone VII and the Combinata Bass VII, the latter of which is the company’s first-ever bass guitar. Its existing models will also be updated for the year – and we’ll get a peek at NAMM 2020.

Here’s more info on the new models:

Mondata Baritone VII

  • Chambered mahogany body with German carve
  • Set maple neck with bound fretboard
  • 28″ scale length
  • Rivolta Novanta P-90 and Brevetto humbucker
  • Kluson-style tuners
  • Nashville tune-o-matic bridge
  • Available in Toro Black, Fuoco Burst, Laguna Blue

Rivolta Combinata Bass VII
Combinata Bass VII

Combinata Bass VII

  • Chambered mahogany body with German carve
  • Set maple neck with bound fretboard
  • 32″ scale length
  • Two custom-wound Rivolta pickups
  • Gold ‘plexi’ pickguard
  • Available in Toro Black, Autunno Burst, Acero Glow, Rosso Red

When we last interviewed Fano, he explained his love of offset guitars: “Offset bodies have always appealed to me more than traditional shapes. They’re sleek and sexy, but the ergonomics of the offset are the real draw. [Played] seated or standing, offsets balance better than traditional designs.”

More information at rivoltaguitars.com.

Check out all NAMM 2020 news here.

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