Framus 5/118-52 Television, 1970

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Instrument: The Television, Atlantik, and also New Sound TV-type models represent perhaps the... more
Framus 5/118-52 Television, 1970

The Television, Atlantik, and also New Sound TV-type models represent perhaps the most beautiful, independent Framus design, perfectly balanced and simply well done. At the same time, the Television models are always the highest quality of the range. The date stamp on the soundhole label reads 70 I, so the guitar dates back to September 1970 and should therefore be one of the very last Televisions built.

Only top quality rules here! The guitar has a spruce top, maple sides and a uniquely beautiful back made of quilted maple - by far the most beautiful we have seen on a television in 25 years. The body has a transparent high-gloss finish in a subtle orange. It is hollow without a center block, so the Television is a true lightweight thinline. The neck is made of the indestructible and complex to manufacture beech multi-layer wood. It has an ebony fingerboard with the extremely rare rhombus inlays of genuine mother-of-pearl as well as side dots in nine frets. Comes with a truss rod, of course. Thick, creamy white, up to five-ply bindings around the body, soundholes and neck. Solid and nickel-plated hardware. Open tuners. Beautiful marbled perloid pickguard with Framus engraving.

The guitar has the standard equipment: Two of the legendary, genuine P90 single-coil pickups are each switched via their own on-off switch. In addition, separate master volume and tone controls for each pickup. Simple, intuitive and the basis for virtually infinite sound variations.

Instruments history:
Unknown. The guitar came to us as part of a larger Framus collection and probably stood there completely unplayed for decades. However, it must have been through quite a bit, because a previous owner probably branded a BM on the back of the headstock, drilled a hole in the top of the headstock (for hang-up?!), and installed mismatched Hoyer control knobs. The original pickguard was missing.

Restoration work:
We have completely cleaned the guitar and blown out the body. All the lacquer surfaces were extensively bale polished. We closed the hole in the headstock and retouched it. We could only varnish the branding, it cannot be removed without deeply sanding the headstock. The original frets were polished, the fingerboard stripped and oiled. The tuners were disassembled, cleaned and re-oiled, they were given a set of new-old-stock bushings in place of the old rusted ones. The hardware was also refurbished and polished. We replaced the Hoyer control knobs with a set of matching originals, of course. We also found, fitted and installed a matching pickguard from our inventory. Finally, a new set of strings and a basic setup - that's it.

Current condition:
The overall impression of the guitar is really impressive! In its subtle orange and dark accents, it looks expressive, classy and has an endless vintage feel to it. It has patina, but without being worn, dirty or defective. The varnish has deep shine, there are some micro scratches on the top. Sides, back and neck are nearly flawless. Of course, the look of the back is just dramatically beautiful - this quilted maple is very rare on Televisions, and when it is, it's on the natural models. In this color (versus the sunburst, black rose and natural models) the Television is extremely rare anyway. Otherwise, the condition is near perfect, even the smallest screws are shiny, and the guitar is immaculately clean and odor-free. All this is nothing for a fifty-three year old guitar, everything is stable, solid and flawless, the beautiful tuners work perfectly. The lovely vibrato unit works flawlessly and is tuning stable. Thanks to the low string action and the modern contoured neck, the Television plays easily and on today's level. The powerful single-coil sound is very versatile, both pickups are in top condition and fully powerful, the adjustment options leave nothing to be desired. Actually, the Framus is much too bad to continue to stand in a showcase, on the other hand, it is with its Sixties outfit in this top condition but also a true collector's guitar, investment and highlight of any collection.

Overall length 105 cm/41.3”; body length 50 cm/19.7”; lower bout width 38 cm/15”; waist width 24 cm/9.4”; upper bout width 32 cm/12.6”; body depth 5 cm/2”; scale length 63 cm/24.8” (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 4,1 cm/1.6” at zero fret, 5,1 cm/2” at 12th fret; overall weight 2.880 g; string action on 12th fret 1-2 mm/0.04-0.08” (adjustable).

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