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Guitarra Baiana - The Instrument E-mail
The article Pau Elétrico, deals with the origins of the Guitarra Baiana in the early 1940s. It prototype, known as Pau Elétrico ('electric log')or Cavaquinho Elétrico shares some essential characteristics with the North American Mandocaster built by Fender from 1956, such as  the solid body and use of 4 single strings. Predating the Mandocaster by more than a decade, the Pau Eletrico may hence be regarded as the eldest known solid body electric mandolin. The article Guitarra Baiana discusses the instrument as it is known today, including recent developments in design etc.