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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, 2014.

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.


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 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 and we can see the before and eventually after pics!! Great feeling getting the new one!! Congratulations again!! Steve

Comment by Bobby Ratliff on August 26, 2013 at 10:07pm

My guitar came today! It may, or may not, have a few issues. But first I'll share the specifics:
Model: Western 5/195L
Serial#: 73488
Tested by: Muller 70M and it also has the letters EX stamped on the plate.

But..... on the tail end of the neck, on the bottom side, it has stamped: 5/196

So I don't know if the neck is original, or if they used the same neck on several different models.

The bad:
It's gonna more then likely need refretted and a new zero fret before long. It has already had the frets redressed... and poorly I might add...... at some time. The zero fret is nearly whittled down to nothing.

It has some pretty bad scratches on the tail end, but I'm not really worried about those at this point.

The top appears pulled upward underneath the bridge, but I don't know how flat, or if the tops were completely flat on these guitars.

And last, a couple of the neck mount holes are stripped out, so I'll have to fix those. (Man.... the screws don't protrude very far into the neck!)

Oh, and one more..... it needs 1 tuner post bushing. (Anybody got one they would sell?)

I have to say I love the bridge on it. It's really quite the work of art. I guess work will begin shortly...........

Comment by Steve Frank on August 23, 2013 at 7:32am

That might be tedious for some. You can use Google Translate to do entire web pages. Here are some instructions. I have to go through this, but it seems to be as simple as entering the web page address to google translate and you get to view it translated.

Comment by Steve Frank on August 23, 2013 at 7:07am

For those of you, who like me, know only 1 language, I would suggest Google Translator. I've tried others, but found this works best for me. It is great for the French Framus collection. I buy and sell American colonial coins, and was able to use the translator to join Spanish American groups discussing cobs and other Spanish coins without a problem. The key is to keep things simple, and leave out all the color of our language. Skip fancy adjectives and just say what you have to. For the Framus section, just copy and paste. You can set language, but it will also easily detect this as French. Once you do it a couple times, it becomes easy. Here is the link to Google Translate

A link to the guitar I translated by highlighting, copying and pasting to the translator....just the text, one section of text at a time is how I do it.

And a partial screen shot of the results....hope this helps someone. It's a great site, and with the translation, which although not perfect, is pretty darn good and will be easy to make out what he is saying.

Comment by Steve Frank on August 23, 2013 at 6:51am

Wow!! That is some site Allen!!! Saving to favorites. Thanks!! 

Comment by Bobby Ratliff on August 22, 2013 at 7:11pm

@ Allen............... mine is the Western model, not the Texan model.

Comment by Allen on August 22, 2013 at 6:08pm

Hello Ginger ! There is a model similar to yours, but in 6 string version, on Cyrille's page: when on the homepage of the site, click on "La Tex" on top of the page, and then scroll down to the year 1972. I wanted to ask Cyrille if he really saw a date stamp in each of his guitars, because, on my four Framus guitars, only two have a date stamp, my Texan 12 string (70M) and my Camping King also 12 string (64L), the other two don't have it and I must refer on other clues to date them, such as the shape of the pickguard and the headstock. Yours is surely a rare one, such as my pale yellow sunburst 12 string Texan, and really valuable if it is easily playable. I am encountering some problems with my 12 string Texan: when tuned on standard EADGBE, it's hard to play, and in open D it has a nice sound, but too low and weak. So, I tried to tune it in open D#, but the thin D string didn't resist (!). Are you tuning yours in standard tuning ?

Comment by Allen on August 22, 2013 at 5:23pm

@ Bobby: referring to the picture you posted on the previous page, I think your Texan is older than 1977. My two Texans (one 6 string and one 12 string) have the same "Gibson-looking" headstock than yours, and on my 12 string, the date stamp on the label is clearly "70M" which, following the date code, oddly means the 13th month of 1970 (or probably January 1971). My 6 string has no date stamp, or it has disappeared long ago, but the guitar seems quite older, so I guess it's probably a 1969 model or even 1968. So I think yours is a 1970 model too,since the "Gibson-like" headstock, according to Cyrille Soccard's page, appeared only on late '60s and early '70s models. Which is likely since, in my credible hypothesis, Framus may have encountered some dispute with Gibson about the copyrighted headstock design.Anyway, the date should be on the label, but the stamp may have faded out.


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