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Hello to all

 

I found this site - The Framus Vintage Archive, lots of pics & info and very interesting;

 

http://www.framus-vintage.de/

 

They made some good guitars, I remember a friend had a black semi which was an exceptional player.

 

The 50s styling is interesting too....I may be fooling myself but I think I see the European touch there!

 

Anyone ever had a Framus?

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I played a Framus borrowed from a good friend, back in the early days of my garage band (1975-ish).

 

It was a tobacco sunburst solid body, and had many of the features of a Strat, but with beveled edges.

 

Good memories!!

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pretty cool site, and they are still making what looks to be very good guitars.

 

My first guitar instructor had one, I Was like 9 at the time, it was some sort of arch top.

 

I thought it was the most uncool thing I'd ever seen! (understandable in the era of hendrix, the stones, beatles...)

 

ahh the things we learn as we age..

 

I saw him perform at a local community concert many years later, seemed like he was playing the same framus he played during the lessons.

 

real good jazz player, and a kind old fellow.

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Never have played one, but I saw one of my all time favorite guitar guys DeWayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight playing one up close a couple of times. It's a mighty sweet looking, and sounding guitar.

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Their vintage acoustics have a rockin look and they are very reasonable $250- $600. I have been pondering rolling the dice and buying one.

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A Framus Texan was my very first guitar and what I learned to play on, sometime in 1970, Nürnberg, Germany. Originally sunburst, I got the clever idea of stripping it to a natural finish some years later using a sander/polisher [scared] , thereby ruining the guitar's top. Skip ahead a few more years and I found a sunburst 12-string version in a pawnshop.

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This time, I did the job correctly, using Homer Formsby Furniture Refinisher.

 

These guitars have bolt-on necks, so I now had a 'convertible' guitar, swappable from 6 to 12 string in minutes! Lots of metal hardware all over them, and I eventually took off as much as I could... both necks have zero frets, and the original is made from very thin wood laminate (side-to-side), making it super strong -

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I always thought more manufacturers would get on board with this idea. Oddly enough, the 12-string neck, which really NEEDS the strength, is plain two-piece maple.

 

I put Grover Sta-Tites on the original neck (now on a Blueridge), and two sets of Schaller 3+3 Minis on the 12-string neck, really unnecessary 'upgrades'.

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The guitar is largely a personal keepsake, with lots of great memories... [biggrin]

 

Don't really know anything about their modern electrics, save that they're PRICEY. $$$

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Never have played one, but I saw one of my all time favorite guitar guys DeWayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight playing one up close a couple of times. It's a mighty sweet looking, and sounding guitar.

He's cool [thumbup] ! Headhunters, Funkadelic and plays a great solo on Sonny Rollins 'Nucleus' album, played with H Hancock ('Flood').

 

A Framus Texan was my very first guitar and what I learned to play on, sometime in 1970, Nürnberg, Germany......The guitar is largely a personal keepsake, with lots of great memories... [biggrin]

 

Don't really know anything about their modern electrics, save that they're PRICEY. $$$

Thanks - great story and pics. Interesting - the current Martin D12X1AE 12-string has a laminate neck.

 

The electrics I remember seeing in shops were the solidbody Framus Nashville and (once or twice) a Jan Akkerman.

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Played this wonderful Framus 12 string archtop f-holed acoustic some time ago...... Should had bought it when I had the chance..... Havent seen one since

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This is the type I remember seeing in music shops in the 70s; Framus Nashville (think this is a deluxe) with Bill Lawrence pups - headstock a bit similar to UK's Shergold guitars.

 

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I looked up the current range; as expensive as Gibson with some models quite PRS-like.

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