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Hootenany 2 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 marc landry May 24.

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.

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.

Touch-ups?

I am anxiously waiting the delivery of my Framus Western model. The suspense is killing me already, and it ain't supposed to be delivered until Wednesday!So while I wait, I thought I would ask a few…Continue

Started by Bobby Ratliff Aug 24, 2013.

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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:

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vintage-Framus-Sorella-Acousti...

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

Anyone want to fix her a bit? ;-)

Enjoy!

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 situation...lol!

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.

Comment by Ginger on August 28, 2013 at 8:04am

Allen, wouldn't that be something? I would never have known any of this if I hadn't contacted Framus to find out if I could get some original tuners. Two of mine were bent & also the thread was stripped. I had no way of knowing how to tell him what guitar I had because thee is nothing written inside it...the sticker had not been filled out. His info was that the guitar had been made for a Canadian guitarist named Liona Boyd. She plays classical but wanted a 12 string guitar & approached them while in Germany. The guitar gained interest as people asked her about it & Framus decided to test the market in Canada. That's where mine is from. The difference between mine & 99% of the other Framus' is that adjustable bridge...it can be raised & lowered as well as shortening or lengthening each individual set of strings. The little wedges are fossilized bone I was told. I hope his pic isn't too big or too small...she said in her best Goldilocks voice!

Comment by Allen on August 28, 2013 at 5:45am

@ Ginger: Very interesting, what you write. Dr Hoyer knows the brand history,and Framus, like any other guitar brand, made small series or even OOAK models for the renowned guitarists they endorsed. Some of these guitars became true legends, as John Lennon's "Hootenany". Some of them may be spotted nowhere else than on record sleeves or vintage concert pictures. If some day your guitar goes to the Framus museum, I hope they will hold concerts in which it will be played.

Comment by Ginger on August 27, 2013 at 9:27am

Thanks Allen -- the six string post dates my 12 string with the adjustable bridge & saddle. When I spoke to the curator at the Framus Museum, he said the model I have was made for someone & they only made a few, but due to costs of the bridge assembly & a general lack of interest in 1964, they didn't make any more. The museum is getting mine when I'm done with it because right now they don't even have one. Nobody in my family wants it so it couldn't go to a better place.

Comment by Steve Frank on August 27, 2013 at 3:25am

Sounds like you have a labor of love ahead of you!! I saw that "Tested by Muller" is a good thing, but now I forget why!! Maybe you can refresh my memory...was it a quality thing or a date that was evident because of that? Everything I've read on guitars, at least with "The better ones" says to never flatten a top, so if it is sunken or something, and you have to make a new bridge, make it to the exact shape of the top. Maybe it keeps the sound the way it is? I wonder what year "zero frets" started? I've owned a lot of flattops and they were all sharp on the first fret, and the zero I guess was supposed to help with intonation. Post some pics when you can, or if you aren't sure how, send them to me and I will post for you. My email is stevefrank929@gmail.com and we can see the before and eventually after pics!! Great feeling getting the new one!! Congratulations again!! Steve

 

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