This electric guitar is an EKO Florentine from approximately 1967. It was made in Italy. It's a double cutaway, thinline, chambered, hollow body made of maple. The guitar is a redburst and the entire thing is fully bound. The details on this guitar are beautiful from the design on the pickguard to the inlays on the back of the neck. The fingerboard is rosewood. It has two pickups and an EKO-designed tremolo system. The guitar is completely original; nothing has been modified. It is in excellent condition. All the electronics work correctly and the neck is straight. It does have a couple of very minor dings (see detail photos) and a little bit of crazing. But as you can see in the photos this is almost NOS (New Old Stock). It sounds and plays incredibly well! The original hang tags are included. It also includes a very good quality gig bag.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
EKO made the Florentine models from 1964-1969. EKO started in the 1950s and made it's most interesting guitars up through the late 1960s. It continues to operate through today in various forms. 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.
Here's the original description from the 1967 EKO catalog:
Electric acoustical cutaway guitars
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
High fashion Florentine cutaway. Hand selected white maple body artistically purfled with proxylin. 4 position Tone Selector. Double polarity twin pickups. EKO roller action vibrato unit. 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.
Item #: eko1001