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Members: 36
Latest Activity: Jan 31

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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 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.
Comment by Robert Brochey on August 10, 2011 at 2:42pm
Hi Steve, I'm finishing the archtop I built in Nazareth PA last April and am attatching a few photos... I use the french polishing technique on all the instruments I own and work on. This archtop has 6 sessions of blonde 1 cut shellac on the top and back, 6 sessions of 1 cut blonde plus 2 sessions of 2 cut brown to add some contrast to the sides and neck. The cost of materials for me to do this was well under $35.00. You have to be patient, however. I have only the glaze coat and final polishing for it to be complete. French polishing allows your instrument to "breathe" and, it's easy to repair if you bang it around... just a suggestion.
Comment by steve diamond on August 10, 2011 at 12:40pm

HI All- pictures of Eva are now in my photos on my page. I welcome all suggestions, criticisms, and comments. If anyone can tell me where to get parts or knows people who do good work (frets, finish, etc), please let me know. Thanks again!

 

Comment by steve diamond on August 10, 2011 at 12:20pm
Thanks Ginger! Your baby sure is beautiful!!!! Excited to learn more about this guitar (that is so cool about the bracing!!). You said your friend was a finish and restore guy at Martin, do you have any idea how much a good re-finish costs? I' m toying with the idea of not refinishing and kinda letting the years show. But if its not too costly to get this done...why no?. Did i mention how excited I am!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Ginger on August 10, 2011 at 11:07am

Darn! I forgot to add...Eva will be loud & have a lot of sweet jangle! My Baby does!

Pic above is my baby back & sides & below is the front, pre restoration.

 

 

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