So....we went on a little road trip this weekend to a tiny little town in the middle of Florida called Micanopy. The population is like 600. It has one little tiny street with a bunch of antique stores, a couple of cafes...very charming. Rather pro music....even in the antique stores the owners were strumming guitars and in both cafes there were musicians (one was a band with a banjo, washboard, bass, triangle....very rustic!). Anyway, I walk into this one store and it's got some music stuff and in the back I was most surprised to find three electric fender violins. He says he gets them from the factory...they have scratches on them or something. I really could not believe my eyes. When I wanted to buy an electric violin a couple of years ago I could not find anything, even in the bigger cities (I specifically wanted to PLAY before I bought and I could not find these fenders anywhere). I certainly couldn't find a gorgeous fender with inlaid mother of pearl for under $600....anyhow if anyone is in the market leonardos302.com is the website. He ships. Under the photo section there are a bunch of shots of the "worlds largest fiddle" too.
just wanted to share.
Micanopy is just a little bit south of Gainesville. Maybe 10 miles?
I think he said he just got them in a few days ago and that they weren't on the website yet. He has the basic white FV1 fender violin, an accoustic-electric (I didn't really look at it much, it was a regular-looking violin with a pickup and I don't know if it was Fender - do they even make that kind?) and the most appealing to me was a brown electric violin with what appeared to be mother of pearl inlay outlining the whole instrument. Now that I look on eBay I suppose it was the FV3 Sunburst model. He has a lot of guitars. He had tiny little practice amps too.
I think he also had complete 4/4 violin packages with bow and everything for $99.