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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.

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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, 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 Ginger on August 10, 2011 at 10:02pm
@Steve - Yes his name is Fred Castner in Bangor PA & he has worked at Martin for a lot of years but has his own shop on the side as well...there he fixes other brands of guitar. I didn't want to have my guitar redone but due to mover neglect, it was left in the heat of the desert for 10 months & the finish was a mess. But worse it split from the sound hole to the bottom of the lower bout. I had no choice but to have it fixed. The picture here of the front doesn't look too bad, but when we dropped a lit flashlight inside, it shone thru' the crack. =( Broke my heart because they promised us special crating & storage in air conditioned storage. When they delivered it to me, it was wrapped in newspaper & split...so much for special treatment. Anyway, Fred charged me $600.00 to do mine & he did a beautiful job. Here's a pic of Fred's arm holding the refinished guitar & you can see the beautiful job he did repairing the crack & refinishing the wood.
Comment by Robert Brochey on August 10, 2011 at 8:53pm
Martin, thanks for the compliment! I want to have a kind of signature finish for my guitars so I've been experimenting some... yes I've played it, it's light and responsive, nice archtop jazz tone! The area around the body edges (top and back) were critical to get the re-curve right, which translates to more volume (and tone) with more movement of the top AND back plate. Thanks again, and your Gaucho sounds terrific, I listened to the Pit again!
Comment by Martin on August 10, 2011 at 8:01pm
Steve You can hear my Framus Gaucho mostly strummed in a song I have on my page here called Hattonrigg Pit disaster writen played and sang by my son from his album De Rosa - Mend if you are interested.
Comment by steve diamond on August 10, 2011 at 7:52pm
Thanks Martin! You'll be the first to hear it.
Comment by Martin on August 10, 2011 at 7:49pm
Robert, Your archtop looks amazing it must be very rewarding to be able to make a guitar have you played it yet ?
Comment by Robert Brochey on August 10, 2011 at 6:20pm
I couldn't agree more! Have fun and post photographs. And thanks.
Comment by steve diamond on August 10, 2011 at 6:08pm
Thanks robert- most likely the restoration will be a mechanical one (frets, machine heads etc). I kinda like the way she looks. i'll keep an eye out for an archtop for you.
Comment by Robert Brochey on August 10, 2011 at 5:02pm
Yeah I thought so, I've always liked that design since I saw Lennon and Costello playing their Gibson slopes. They sound really nice. I've been trying to find an old beat up Framus small body archtop to restore. I had one once but didn't keep it... one of those "guitar regrets"! If you're going to take the old finish off yourself I'd recommend progressively lighter sandpaper. I use sandpaper and a cabinet scraper. That scraper has become one of my favorite tools! It really works well especially getting off the top coat, which can be daunting. If you haven't figured out the wood use a mechanics mirror and a flashlight through the soundhole. Oh and if you can avoid it don't use an electric sander to remove the finish. I have and it can work but you have to be careful especially with older guitars, the vibration can loosen up the braces.
Comment by steve diamond on August 10, 2011 at 4:40pm
hi robert- Definitely slope shoulder dread. Dimensions are as follows: Depth at tail 4.5, Lower bout 15, upper bout 11.75, body length 19, scale length 26, and nut width 1.75. 14 fret. Thanks for the info on the french polishing technique!
Comment by Robert Brochey on August 10, 2011 at 3:01pm
BTW Steve, that's a great looking guitar! Definately a keeper! It looks like a slope shoulder dread, is it? What are the dinensions? upper and lower bout etc.? Reminds me of the guitar I've seen Elvis Costello play.
 

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