1970s Framus 5/296 Texan 12-String Guitar

I've worked on lots of old Framus Texans. This one's the 12-string format and, once you've got these boxes fixed-up and dialed-in, they make reliable, practical, easy-going, stage instruments. They're easy to adjust and rugged as heck.

A consignor dropped this off a while back and I figured I'd get it done alongside the other Framus that'd been dropped here... a while back... as well. I've owned a lot of Framus guitars from time to time and someday I'll make room to keep a few in the house as special-needs recording buddies. I'm very strict with my instrument-collecting habits, though, because if I'm not the place would be overrun in a week.

Post-repairs this guitar plays beautifully and has a good, midsy, breathy vibe that works well with the 12-string configuration. It's x-braced under the hood and features an adjustable bridge and bolt-on neck, so fret access and ease-of-use are right there. The body is all ply (spruce ply over maple ply) and it has a Guild-style arched back. The neck is fast and comfortable with a wider nut but slim-medium C profile on the back.

Repairs included: a bridge relocation and glue-down (these were only bolted when they were made!), fret level/dress, mild compensation to the original saddle, cleaning, and setup.

Top wood: ply spruce

Back & sides wood: ply figured maple

Bracing type: x

Bridge: plastic (yep!)

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: super-multi-ply maple

Action height at 12th fret: 1/16" overall (height-adjustable)
String gauges: custom extra light 22w/46w, 14/36w, 10/26w, 8/18w, 13/13, 10/10

Neck shape: slim-medium C

Board radius: ~12-14"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-low

Scale length: 24 3/4"

Nut width: 1 7/8"

Body width: 15 3/4"

Body depth: 3 7/8"

Weight: 5 lbs 11 oz

Condition notes: it's all-original throughout. The finish shows weather-check all over and there's minor playwear/usewear throughout with a few minor finish chip-outs here and there. It looks good overall. There's a "shadow" where the bridge used to be, but I had to move it for better intonation when I glued it down.


mkmorgantx said…
I really like this and had not heard of Framus previously. Bridge saddle and pick up guard looks like something Gene Simmons would have come up with. I live in a small German town in Texas, seems only fitting we belong together. When can I add it to my cart?

BTW....I came here for something totally unrelated. I have a Yasuma Tiple that needs some magic installed.