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Tech: help on background of framus guitar

GUEST,scooter 06 Mar 05 - 01:34 PM
GUEST,Anne Croucher 06 Mar 05 - 08:17 PM
Sandy Mc Lean 07 Mar 05 - 09:45 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 07 Mar 05 - 03:09 PM
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Subject: Tech: help on background of framus guitar (4 pics)
From: GUEST,scooter
Date: 06 Mar 05 - 01:34 PM

Hi there

can anyone tell me more about the framus in the photograph? My Dad just picked up these two and sent me the photograph. He reckons the framus is a 12 string, but could it be that the nut has just been cut that way?

Appreciate any pointers that people can give


pic 1

pic 2

pic 3

pic 4

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Subject: RE: Tech: help on background of framus guitar
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 06 Mar 05 - 08:17 PM

the guitar does look more robust than my 6 string Framus Texan, with the metal stirup to hold the strings too, but the head does not seem to be pierced for 12 tensioners - has it ever been?

there is a distinct family resemblance, though my guitar is definitely in a cheaper mould - the head is not angled back like the pictured one, so it requires a metal brace above the nut to hold the strings down. That means it can be cut from a thinner piece of wood. Also, the tensioners are perpendicular to the head, not sunk into it like that one.

I have regularly been asked to sell my guitar, though could this be a well known chat up line in folk circles?


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Subject: RE: Tech: help on background of framus guitar
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 09:45 AM

   I have an old Framus that has a similar body with an arched, unbraced back but mine has a fixed bridge rather than the tailpiece. It has a different neck, 14 fret to body and no slotted peghead. It has a 0 (zoro) fret as does the one in your picture. With a 0 fret the only job of the nut is to hold the string spacing, so it is cut very low. This dosen't look to me like it was a 12 string.
   The neck on mine required a lot of work but it has the best sound of anything that I own.

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Subject: RE: Tech: help on background of framus guitar
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 03:09 PM

Having recently been asking similar questions about my Nashville, I went to the Framus website, where they have a section on vintage Framus guitars. You might find some info there.

I'm not much good with blickeys, but I found it with a search for "Framus guitars", and although it's a German firm, they do offer an English option to the site.

Don T.

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