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A site for owners of Framus Guitars.

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Latest Activity: Jul 8

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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.


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 Bobby Ratliff on August 22, 2013 at 3:15pm

I'll have to wait until it gets here Steve. Then I'll post a photo.

Comment by Bobby Ratliff on August 22, 2013 at 3:13pm

Thanks Steve!

I don't think it's flipped..... better not be! I will be disappointed! LOL!

Comment by Steve Frank on August 22, 2013 at 3:11pm

When I got my first Framus and opened the shipping crate, I thought the headstock had broken......something that gets a little getting used to is seeing it bent the wrong way!!! 

Comment by Steve Frank on August 22, 2013 at 3:09pm

Check the label in this link and see if your L is where the I is after 61 in the date...the model number is something else.

Comment by Steve Frank on August 22, 2013 at 3:08pm

And the first thing I looked at when you asked was the pick guard....hope the guy didn't flip the photo by mistake!!! LOL

Comment by Steve Frank on August 22, 2013 at 3:07pm

That's what I found too...but a photo of the label would help. It is the "Date Stamp" where L would be for December according to the page Ted referenced, and I found it a bit confusing. They show a model number of 5/59 and a separate date stamp of 61I on that site, I being a poor letter to use with computers because it can be confused with a number 1. That would mean the year is 1995 if that is correct....if there is a closeup of the label, it would help to be sure. Were all Framus tops laminated? That was a thought too, but not really sure. The ones I had were. 

Comment by Bobby Ratliff on August 22, 2013 at 3:00pm

Thanks a bunch Ted! I hope it will get here soon so I can glean some more info from the plate. I assume it will be sometime next week, being so close to the weekend.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 22, 2013 at 2:48pm

Dating made easy
Since the end of 1959, semi-acoustic and full-resonance guitars show a plate in their body, which contains all necessary information to determine a Framus instrument:

Model number 5/59 = Sorella

Seriel No. 35062

(doesn't contain any statement concerning the sequence of production; it is not possible to derive any information from this figure)

Tested by Müller

(this is " in most cases " the signature of the master guitar-maker and final inspector of Framus, Richard Müller)

Stamp of the year of production 61I = 1961 September

(Months are denoted from A-L, the letter M was partly used for the month of December)

Until approx. 1981, the year of production of Framus solid-body guitars and basses can be determined by a stamped number at the headstock.

Example: 48556-64 H = 1964 August

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 22, 2013 at 2:44pm

The L refers to the month. So L would be december.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 22, 2013 at 2:41pm

Beautiful. I'll try to find the meaning of the "L" for you in the next few days.


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