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EKO: FLORENTINE
circa 1967

EKO Florentine electric guitar 2 pick ups made in Italy circa1967 tanburst single cutaway This electric guitar is an EKO Florentine from approximately 1967. Made in Italy, it's a single cutaway, thinline, chambered, hollow body guitar constructed of maple. The guitar is a tanburst and the entire thing is fully bound. The details on this guitar are beautiful from the pattern on the pickguard to the design on and of the headstock. It is visually stunning and quite a joy to play. The action is medium-fast and the neck and fretboard feel fantastic under your fingers. It also includes a chipboard case, as you can see in the details photo. This is certainly a guitar to collect, play, share and show off. Description from VintageSilvertones.com

EKO made the Florentine models from 1964-1969. EKO started in the 1950s and made its most interesting guitars up through the late 1960s. The guitars were built by Oliviero Pigini and Company in Recanati, Italy and were initially imported into the US by LoDuca Brothers in Milwaukee Wisconsin. EKO also built guitars for Vox and Goya. The company continues to operate today in various forms.

CONDITION:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
It is in good condition. Perhaps the upper part of the bridge has been replaced and the finish has about four lines of crazing but that does not subtract from the beauty of the tanburst. This instrument sounds and plays incredibly well! The guitar has one custom, decorative, striped pickguard, custom knobs, a fixed metal trapeze style tailpiece, and a very clean, decorative headstock.Description from VintageSilvertones.com

TUNERS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Closed back individual chrome-plated tuners with plastic buttons in very good working order.

NECK:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Bolt-on, straight neck with dot inlays on a rosewood fretboard, 21 frets, and 25" scale. Frets are in very good condition with no visible wear and the action is medium-fast. The back of the neck is very clean. The headstock has very minimal paint wear at the top.
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PICKUPS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
It has two double polarity twin pickups and and a four position selection switch, offering you the choice of neck, bridge, both or no pickups. Featuring an incredibly great range of tones, this guitar can be used in myriad of settings from jazz to rock to country with its warm round tones and twangy biting edge. The neck pickup has a smooth, warm jazzy round tone while the bridge pickup has a twangy but still warm sound. The tone pot for the neck pickup does not work but this guitar still has a great range of tones when the pickups are used in combination.
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The Dimensions are:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
    Overall length: 38.75"
    Body width: 13 7/8"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
    Body thickness: 1.75" (with neck: 1 7/8")
    Scale: 25"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
    Width of the nut: 1 11/16" (Depth at nut: 1")
    String height at 12th fret: 1/16"

Here's the original description from the 1967 EKO catalog:

FLORENTINE
Electric acoustical cutaway guitars
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This EKO is a unique combination of the really important features of both the acoustical and solid body guitar. The acoustically arched sound chamber body provides the performer with a great assortment of new sounds.Description from VintageSilvertones.com

FEATURES:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
High fashion Florentine cutaway. Hand selected white maple body artistically purfled with proxylin. 4 position Tone Selector. Double polarity twin pickups. Compensating ebony bridge. Short jazz-scale removable neck. Arched top and back. Rounded rosewood fingerboard. Deluxe machine heads. Pearl lucite guard plate. Your choice of popular colors.
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EKO Florentine Item #: eko1003 $849

EKO Florentine electric guitar 2 pick ups made in Italy circa1967 tanburst single cutaway


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