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Latest Activity: Dec 31, 2015

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Hootenany 4 Replies

 I am trying to repair my Framus Hootenany.My big problem is that I have no tuners. I don't know what configuration the tuners are. Are they single style or are they two strips? I can't find any…Continue

Started by marc landry. Last reply by Allen Apr 20, 2015.

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I've added a Schaller 10/40F…Continue

Started by Mark Harwood Apr 18, 2015.

ISO Case for Framus longneck guitar 4 Replies

I found a rare Framus 12 string at a flea market and I didn't even notice it had a 16 fret neck. With all that neck and all that head the only case I can use is a gig bag and it sticks out about 6".…Continue

Started by Stan Wells. Last reply by Stan Wells Jan 31, 2014.

Amatuer 5/1 bridge 4 Replies

Hi, do you know where I can get a bridge for a Framus Amatuer 5/1?  Thanks.  The action is heck.  I'm going to drop the bridge a bit with a belt sander.  Before I do I'd like to know where I can get…Continue

Started by Rowland Vela. Last reply by Rowland Vela Jan 8, 2014.

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Comment by Shaun Miller on July 17, 2015 at 4:12pm

Hey all! So in the last four months I finally set aside some time to start learning to play guitar. Something I've wanted to do for a long time now. I even bought a Larrivee D-03 in 1998 that's lived a lonely life in a case ever since... Until now! I figured it was high time I knocked the dust off and built up some calluses. Better late than never, eh?

Even more recently I became interested in nylon stringed classical / Spanish guitars and wanted to find something to start with that wouldn't break the bank but was still worth playing. This guitar caught my eye on good ole CL and I picked it up for a song. It's in far from perfect condition but plays well and I enjoy it... if only it could talk, I'm sure it'd have some great stories.

So for my own curiosity, I'm hoping y'all can help shed some light on this little gem... I was at the Framus Vintage Archive site and it looks like this might be a Valencia but I'm not sure. Unfortunately I can't discern the serial number on the label. It's got a bolt on neck and truss rod adjustment at the head. Any ideas?

Thanks, in advance!

Comment by John on January 4, 2015 at 7:30pm
I just had to straighten the neck a bit. Tighten the truss rod. Also there is no date visable on mine. I can barely make out the serial number.
Comment by Allen on January 4, 2015 at 6:28pm

There is not much info available about these guitars. Yours is a 12 string Texan, it seems identical to mine excepted for the colour and finish. You can find the construction date on the label inside, two digits for the year and a letter for the month (67E means may of 1967). Yours seems to be older than mine, relying on the shape of the peghead. Framus Texans were made as popular instruments, designed to strum chords while singing, rather than to play fast or brilliant solos.

They were  made in 6 string and 12 string versions.

Limited series were made with some "custom" finish, like mine and yours, and the "Falcon" is, as far as I know, a kind of "Texan De Luxe", with a little more custom features like elaborate bindings or string-by-string adjustable bridges, like Ginger's one.

May I ask you, what kind of "minor adjustment" you made on your guitar ?

Thanks in advance, and have a nice guitar year !

Comment by John on December 29, 2014 at 11:57am

I just picked up this 12 string. But I cant find out much info at all about it. Ive tried to contact the Framus museum website about it for some information. But haven't heard back from them. The only other one I can seem to find is here and owned by member Ginger. So if anyone can give me any information about it, I would be very grateful. I did a minor adjustment to the neck and put some new strings on it and it plays like "butter" it is a very quiet guitar but sounds great!

Comment by Mark Harwood on July 8, 2014 at 3:49am

I wish to fit a floating pickup to my  Framus Calypso archtop. I think a slimline soundhole pickup would do the job cheaply and well. Anyone tried this?

Comment by Ted Hechtman on September 6, 2013 at 10:32am

$367.66 price has gone up a bit

Comment by FloridaGull on August 30, 2013 at 2:37pm

Hey everyone!  Just joined to post a Framus Sorella (appears to be an archtop) on Goodwill:

Currently $5 - 6 days left - $15 shipping (priority!)...

Anyone want to fix her a bit? ;-)


Comment by Ginger on August 29, 2013 at 5:30pm

Allen & Steve -- the bridge helped immensely when no one was able to make the neck completely true for me. I took it to a specialist at a music store locally & he handed it off to a guy who fixes electric basses. They got the guitar sounding perfect! I'll try to get something uploaded playing it, but time is not something I have a lot of right now. ='{  Stay tuned...or bear with me, whichever suits the!

Comment by Allen on August 28, 2013 at 1:15pm

@ Ginger: so you have a great story about your guitar. Fiona Boyd has something that makes me think of a "Noble Lady with a Guitar". Great picture of the adjustable bridge, too, quite rare indeed on this guitar type. Maybe it is a real improvement: on my Texan 12 strings, the 4 treble strings are uneasy to get in tune and a tendency to sound dull. About making guitars for renowned artists, the French singer-composer Michel Polnareff can be seen on the sleeve of one of his early singles "Mes regrets", with a 12 string Framus similar to mine - although the 12 string guitar he actually played was a Hagström. I think you should work out one or two songs or sound samples on your Framus 12 strings, it would be interesting to listen to. Thanks for this interesting info.

Comment by Steve Frank on August 28, 2013 at 12:48pm

Are you able to get great intonation on this then? One of the problems with all acoustics has been getting them in tune everywhere. Even the best of the best can only get so close because it's in imperfect instrument, that happens to be perfect for most of us. Electric guitars have for most of their existence had the ability to change individual string lengths, but even looking at a floating bridge on my friends 6 figure D'Angelico, all you can do is move the bridge around on the top until the 2 E strings are intonated, and then hope for the best on the others. Sure you can play around with raising and lowering nut and bridge saddle slots, and adding pieces to the front or back, and incorporate a zero fret, all of which had been done, but what was done on your guitar just makes so much sense.....metal saddle? Maybe that is a reason....not sure of the mechanics, but it might not be something you can do with a separate piece.


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