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GUEST,282RA Tech: My new guitar + the new Fender Strat VG (2) Tech: My new guitar + the new Fender Strat VG 27 Nov 07

Framus guitars are made in Germany and started in 1946 when Fred Wilfer received permission to found a violin factory in Bavaria. He formed Franconian Music Production Fred Wilfer Investment and it employed violin-makers from Schoenbach. In the late fifties, Franconian Music (or Framus for short) entered the guitar market making electrics and acoustics as well as basses. John Lennon played Framus as did Bill Wyman and Ritchie Blackmore. Competition with the Japanese guitar manufacturers and their price-dumping strategies forced Framus out of business in the 70s. In 1995, Framus was reconstituted by Warwick.

I don't know if my Framus is an original model although it seems so. 5/196 is the pre-1973 designation for this model. Newer models uses a different designation and this guitar has the old-style number written on the label down inside the sound box along with "Made in W. Germany" and West Germany certainly has not existed since 1995. So mine is an old original Framus. I bought it from some guy who runs an occult bookstore in the area. He had it sitting there and let me play it and then said it was mine for 3 smackers. So I bought it a few days later. Can't get the link to work but you can try it on your own:

Also check out the new Stratocasters. Very nice:

Fender Strat VG

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