View Full Version : Gibson Florentine

Oct-01-2004, 8:09am
Sorry if it's taboo to "cross post" but i have a sweet 50's Gibson Florentine for sale over in the classifieds...

Thought you electric folks might want to know.

BTW I have a Schwab that I am enjoying the heck out of. One unforseen benefit of an an elctric is the ability to practice unplugged with out bothering the rest of your family.

Another interesting electric benefit is that since you have to be a little more delicate on the electric (other wise you bend the strings out of tune)this "touch" transfers back over to the acoustic. For example I find myself after playing my electric and then switching over to my acoustic that I am a little more aware of pick attack and left hand pressure.


Oct-01-2004, 2:15pm
It is taboo to cross post, so you now have to reduce the price by half. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Oct-04-2004, 8:54am
Perry, as a micro-apartment dweller, I use my electric for non-disturbing late night playing, either unplugged (still has remarkable sustain) or with headphones.

I also find that electric playing makes me more accurate in my acoustic playing, too.

Oct-04-2004, 11:17am
Ah, but bending can be a good thing too!

Oct-04-2004, 11:19am
Ooops, I forgot, the Gibson Florentine's an 8-string. Not a string bender.

John Rosett
Oct-04-2004, 4:48pm
hey- i bend strings on on the acoustic all the time. you can do it on the electric 8-string too.
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Pete Martin
Oct-14-2004, 11:22am
John, I always thought you were a little bent. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Oct-14-2004, 12:04pm

Baron Collins-Hill
Nov-07-2004, 1:45pm
i too love to bend the strings, and you can get a crazy little two-tone sound going on sometimes http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Hubert Angaiak
Nov-09-2004, 2:46pm
I assume this Gibson will sound more like an electric than an a plugged in acoustic since it has a pickup. If you were to put a piezo bridge pickup would it sound more like an acoustic or would it still sound like an electric because of the solid body....?? Does the sound board vibrations add to the color of the piezo as more of an acoustic plugged in sound?

John Rosett
Nov-09-2004, 3:40pm
gee, i haven't looked on here since my reply.
lee- don't call the moderator. pete knows what he's talking about.

Nov-09-2004, 4:48pm
Hubert, my personal opinion is that anyone who tries to modify a vintage EM200 with a piezo pickup deserves to have his ear bitten off. Perhaps it could be done, but it would be butchery. You can have an 8-string e-mando custom built that way, for less than an EM200 would cost you.

Nov-09-2004, 4:53pm
Oldtown Mandolins offers just this sort of thing on their web site: an 8-string Florentine solid-body with a piezo.

Hubert Angaiak
Nov-10-2004, 12:53pm
NO... if I had a EM-200, I wouldn't dare butcher it. Actually I have an OldTown EM-10, which is an excellent electric mando...has the passive EMG pickup. Doug started building with piezo with a tuned sound board after he got done with mine, the EM-12 Dual source. The picture he uses on his website is the one he built for me. I guess the best track would be to have him install the piezo for me. It does feel like an acoustic A, except for the weight. The trouble of sending it to him would be the wait. He builds each mando as if he was making one for himself.