Framus 5/197 Jumbo, Mahagoni, 1969

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Instrument: The Framus offered here is one of the few examples with a fine mahogany veneer.... more
Framus 5/197 Jumbo, Mahagoni, 1969

The Framus offered here is one of the few examples with a fine mahogany veneer. Stamped 69 I means built in September 1969. These mighty jumbos were the dream of many acoustic guitarists at the time, but for twice the price of a Dix they were usually not affordable. The mahogany version is very rare and correspondingly sought after today.

The body is made entirely of three-layer veneer wood: Mahogany on top and bottom, a layer of maple in between. The neck, including the headstock, is made of one piece of the indestructible multi layer maple wood and is stained dark here, the headstock is lacquered black. The four-ply black pickguard with the now somewhat worn Framus logo matches. Thick white bindings around the body, Framus rosewood tailpiece in moustache shape and open tuners.

Instruments history:
Unknown. The guitar was part of a collection of Framus acoustic guitars assembled between 2005 and 2010. For reasons of space, it was given away at the beginning of 2021. Unfortunately, an ambitious hobbyist had "optimised" our Jumbo. The tuners were cheap, wobbly Schaller copies, and the holes drilled in the headstock were far too large and really huge - as if the tinkerer had just had one unsuitable drill... Ouch! Fortunately, everything else was original and in good condition.

Restoration work:
First we got rid of the cheap Far East tuners. The huge holes were closed with beech wood dowels and new holes were drilled in the old original size. The headstock was repainted black, a new logo was applied and transparent lacquer was applied again. From our stock, matching and refurbished original tuners with new bushings and screws were used. Apart from that, the guitar was cleaned inside and out, some small scratches were carefully retouched and all lacquer surfaces were polished. The fingerboard was sanded and oiled, the frets polished. Finally, we fitted new Pyramid 11" gauge bronze strings and performed a setup.

Current condition:
After the tuner surgery, the guitar is now considered completely original again. It has a beautiful brown-black appearance, the mahogany looks very noble. It is very easy to play, once you have grasped the large body. The modern contoured neck, the jumbo frets and the low action make it possible. The sound is well-balanced, harmonious, quick-responding, bell-bright and clear - much less dull and bass-heavy than you would expect from a jumbo. Here you can clearly hear the difference of a mahogany top. All in all, really beautiful! Of course, there are no more serious damages or defects. No lacquer cracks, no scratches, only a few tiny dents on the sides are completely harmless and after 52 years of guitar life practically nothing. In this condition, the Framus is a rare collector's item, but also player and perhaps the one for all days.

Overall length 106,5 cm/41.9”; body length 51,5 cm/20.1”; lower bout width 41,5 cm/16.3”; waist width 24,5 cm/9.6”; upper bout width 30,5 cm/12”; body depth 10 cm/3.9”; scale length 63 cm/24.8” (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 4,2 cm/1.7” at zero fret, 5,2 cm/2” at 12th fret; overall weight 2.450 g; string action on 12th fret 2 mm/0.08”.

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