JBovier Announces New Electric MandolinsFrom: JBovier Stringed Instruments
Jeff Cowherd, president of JBovier Stringed Instruments, proudly announces the availability of a new line of electric mandolins.
The new 4-string "EMC" model (Electric Mando Caster), pictured in classic cream finish, is an homage to the highly sought-after vintage electric mandolins of 30 to 50 years ago. The hybrid "ELS" (Electric Leo Smith), shown in sunburst, is designed for contemporary tastes.
The two prototypes were the hit of the recent Summer NAMM show in Nashville. Receiving initial rave reviews from industry experts. including Sam Bush, George Gruhn, Bucky Baxter, Stephen Mougin, Ted Eschliman, Gordon Roberts, and many local professional attendees, the two instruments drew accolades for their smartly ergonomic design, fantastic tone, cosmetic mojo, and incredible playability.
Listing at $799, the two instruments are expected to be available at a "street" price of $599 with a deluxe gig bag, or a slight upcharge for an Access rectangular hardshell case.
Reported Cowherd: "There has been such tremendous interest in JBovier e-mandos after NAMM that we have begun accepting pre-orders, with a tentative arrival date of November. Upgrades and positive revisions to the prototypes have already been made for the first batch, based on suggestions at NAMM from players who were extremely impressed."
Both instruments will feature dual pickups and a 3-way switch, with the volume knob closest to the bridge for easy "violin" volume swells, the selector switch closer to the perimeter to avoid contact or collision while strumming, and the tone knob ergonomically between. A large pickup cavity will be cut and "blank" pickguards made available to allow do-it-yourself pickup modifications for those desiring custom upgrades, such as a Seymour Duncan "Antiquity" Mandocaster pickup, a mix with a chrome humbucker, etc.
The ELS model will sport a rosewood fretboard; the EMC will have maple. Both will feature .080 frets and markers at frets 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and higher. Headstocks will feature the signature logo, string spacer (EMC only), and deluxe tuners (optional Sperzel "Sound-Lok" tuners shown).
Standard finishes include cream and sunburst, but future colors may be available upon request. Plans for prototype 5-string versions of both models are already in process. Instruments will initially be available for pre-ordering only through JBovier’s Kentucky office. Pre-order information will be available soon.
For more information, contact JBovier Stringed Instruments directly via or call 859-801-9581.