Technical characteristics

Model: FABIO COLOMBINI  TL body style

Brand: Signature series By Merko 

 

Serial number: 711201950

 

Body : Poplar from Plainfield, Illinois, United States

Poplar  It's a great wood tone pretty similar with Alder but little lighter.

Colour is Black and white cream (stain colour)

pickguard is wooden birch with black stain colour

 

Neck : Canadian hard rock Maple 

This is the hardest one and comes from the Canadian forests.

Has black and white cream stain colour with oil finish  

Beautiful Merko design headstock.

It is bolt on neck.

Machine Head: Chrome

Nut: Ivory Tusk, increases harmonic and richness . Increases sustain.

Nut Width:42mm

Profile: C

Fret Width: 2.2

Frets: 22 Nickel Frets –  vintage 6105 Medium jumbo.

Fretboard is from Maple and it is stain with Merko wine colour with black dots.

 

Excellent quality Alpha pots 1xA500K and 1x B500K, 3 Way Switch with wooden cup and wooden knobs

 The heart of this beautiful instrument are Alnico with a very beautiful vintage sound. 

Strings: Ernie ball regular slinky 

           .010-.013-.017-.026-.036-.046

Ernie Ball is the pioneer of Rock and Roll guitar strings. Since setting the industry standard for electric strings, the list of Slinky users has grown to include the likes of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai and Slash.

A Few words about FABIO COLOMBINI

FABIO COLOMBINI is a Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and music teacher with over 35 years of experience with nine albums released and a huge stage experience.

He began  classical guitar studies at the age of ten, then moving on to popular. He also studied singing, piano and drums before join CLAM, a renowned music school of Sao Paulo run by Zimbo Trio, a very famous group for having played with Bossa Nova artists such as Elis Regina and Tom Jobim. At CLAM, he studied improvisation, harmony, arrangement and composition.

At the age of fifteen starts professional career playing in cover bands.

At eighteen he was invited to play guitar and sing with Angolan bluesman Nuno Mindelis, they recorded two albums and he performed with great names of international music as Mick Taylor (former The Rolling Stones guitarist), Robben Ford and Robert Cray.

 

He traveled throughout Brazil and in 1992 went to Chicago where performed at  legendary blues bars, playing alongside Larry McCray and former Jimmy Hendrix drummer, Buddy Miles.

He was the lead singer and guitarrist in the project “Rock in History”. He performed in theaters the story of rock from the 50’s to the 90’s and presented a 14-hour show for Kiss FM radio station, celebrating the International day of Rock and Roll.

In 2004 he became a member of the tribute band “Beatles 4ever” playing John Lennon’s role for almost ten years. They presented the project "The Beatles Complete Works" in which the band performed a full Beatles album per month. At the end of that project they performed a 16-hour show featuring all the albums in chronological sequence. He created several shows like "Beatles Interactive", where people from the audience were drawn, could choose any official repertoire music of the Fab Four and ask them to play, and "The Beatles - Solo Career".

In March 2011, “Beatles 4ever” performed a 24-hour memorable show. An exclusive stage was set for the band in Sao Paulo downtown area and the band, once again, played all the Beatles songs in a row, with the support and energy of thousands of fans who packed the streets around the stage during all the 24 hours of presentation.

One year later, he decided to leave “Beatles 4ever” to put together his own tribute band "The Beat Beatles", seeking new challenges and producing shows with orchestras for theaters and major events.

In 2012 he became the lead singer of Brazilian heavy metal band “Motorguts”, with former Angra and Shaman musicians.
 He also created the project “Rockbeat”, featuring a classic rock set list.


In 2015 Fabio  became the lead singer of Brazilian hard rock band "Hardstuff", recording a self-titled album, and releasing three video clips.

In 2016 was invited to sing with “Kisser Clan”, by internationally known Sepultura’s guitarist Andreas Kisser.
 He has been writing and recording soundtracks for theater, film, television, radio, commercials, websites and multimedia.

 In 2016 Fabio moved to Melbourne, Australia, continuing his career as a musician and a music teacher. He is currently writing material for his next solo album.