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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.

Which archtop have I got? 1 Reply

Is it a Hobby or a Calypso? I've seen pics labelled both ways. What's the difference?Both models seem to be designated 5/50. Mine is dated 61K, ie. November 1961, if that helps.Also, it has had a…Continue

Started by Mark Harwood. Last reply by Mark Harwood Aug 14, 2013.

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Comment by Ginger on August 31, 2010 at 10:53pm
@Luis - Apparently Framus made for a lot of different companies in Europe in the early years. They were *the* guitar maker & were sold under many names. Paul McCartney's first guitar, which he still owns was made by Framus but the name on the headstock is Zenith. His father owned one too & Paul learned on that guitar.

~from Wiki - "In the 50s Paul McCartney owned a model of a Framus Ivor Mairants "Zenith" guitar. He had originally been given a trumpet for his 14th birthday in 1956 but he learned he couldn't possibly sing playing a trumpet so he swapped it for a Framus "Zenith" model 17. He used it to compose some of his first songs with it including "When I'm 64". It still hangs in his studio."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Framus
Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on August 8, 2010 at 4:30pm
Hi, guys!
If you believe in coincidences, here's one: some days ago, I visited this page, read the comments, but didn't leave a message because I never had a Framus, although some of my friends in the 60's and 70's owned Framus guitars, and I did play them often (electrics and 12 string). Now, the coincidence: I had at home an archtop guitar, "Aristone" model by Besson & Co., London. The owner asked me to repair ir (both top braces weere loose). I had to unglue the back, glue the braces and glue the back in place again. I finished the work today, so, I decided to google the words Aristone and Besson to learn something about the guitar I've just repaired. And what did I learn? Most Aristones sold under the Besson label were in fact made by... FRAMUS! Funny coincidence! Ah, but the label doesn't read "built in the heart of Bavaria"! By the way, Framus, Hofner and Italian Eko's were very popular in Luanda, Angola, in the early 60's, that's how I got familiar with them...
Comment by Ginger on August 1, 2010 at 9:45pm
Reg - I can relate to that! They were so terrific with me when I notified them asking about tuners. I didn't want to replace the old ones with shiny new & wrote to ask them if they still sold the originals...they said they could have them made as they still dealt with that shop! You just don't get service like that much these days.
And as far as I know, I'm the only owner of the one I have, which makes it more special than it already is to me. They have pictures of it there in the museum now but so far, we think I'm the only person that has one of mine. Kinda scary in a way considering I came near to losing it.
Mine also has the bowled back but when hey fixed the crack, the guy said the bracing inside was the same as a Martins...he works at Martin. Figures tho', since both Johann Georg Martin & Fred Wilfer, founder of Framus apprenticed under the same Schoenbach violin makers in Germany, just not at the same time.

And yes, I've heard a lot of good things about their electrics from some of my friends in California. I hope they do well...
Comment by Reg Hayes on August 1, 2010 at 2:08pm
Well, Ginger, I know what you mean. The Framus guitars of the 50s to 70s were an odd lot. I had a good time on their Historic web site and communicating with one of the curators to find particulars about my instrument. It was built in '67 for the Export Market and so looks a little different than the example photos from the Website. It has a heavily braced to but the back is slightly arched like a violin with no bracing whatsoever. Like yours, the neck is made from a multi-ply laminate, so it's good and strong. These instruments were built tough, mine has a lot of metal parts on it and with an electric guitar style neck. I think their bad rep comes from the fact that they use laminates and not solid wood and had the heavy construction leading to a limited tonal response and the high action out of the box. A little tender care goes a long way though and mine plays sweetly for living room jams and amplifies nicely with an internal microphone for gigging. It wasn't expensive to begin with, so I don't ever think it will be a "classic" collectors guitar. Nice to see the Framus company doing so well now though. I sure can't afford one of their new electrics.
Comment by Ginger on August 1, 2010 at 1:39pm
@ Reg - me too...mine's been going since 1964! My 'problem' with mine, if you could call it that was the bridge needed pulling back a few fractions of an inch. But my brother in law was a guitar repair guy, lucky me, & he reset everything so it's perfect. And I do mean perfect.

They are a treasure, tho' I've heard so much bad about them too...go figure!
Comment by Reg Hayes on August 1, 2010 at 12:42pm
Hello to you all. I've had a Framus 12 string since 1967. Still play it. Never had the neck warp but had to shim the neck to align with the lowered bridge for easier action. Doesn't have a big or deep sound but lovely and clear none the less. I've got some posted pictures on my Page.

Reg Hayes
Comment by Ginger on July 25, 2010 at 9:24pm
@David - the high action seems to be a common complaint of the Western Texan series, but mine, maybe because it was a limited edition, didn't have any neck issues at all. And at age 47, it still doesn't.
I just had it in last summer for it's first ever neck adjustment because I couldn't tune it. I got the new tuners from Germany, had the neck done & she's as sweet as ever. =)
I've seen the occasional on for sale on ebay for just peanuts & I always wonder are they selling them because there's something wrong or do they not know what they are?
Comment by David Susman on July 25, 2010 at 6:43pm
My first guitar was a Framus, sadly the neck warped beyond repair many years ago. I would like to find another, it was a nice guitar but the action was rather high.
Comment by Ted Hechtman on May 14, 2010 at 10:50pm
Howdy all. Just got another Framus from the 1960's. High action but beautiful. Will post a picture soon.
Comment by Denny Ryan on April 19, 2010 at 4:58pm
so I guess there is at least 2 falcon 12's in the world. be sure to add a pic when you get it.
 

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