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Whether New Sound, Fret Jet, Caravelle, Sorento or Atlantik - all these models competed against the legendary Gibson ES at that time. More or less independently and with more or less success. But in the meantime, there are many musicians who prefer a seventies Framus to the Gibsons from that time. It is still inferior in terms of image, but it is clearly better in terms of quality and sound, as we can confirm from direct comparisons. The biggest difference, however, is the cost and the much better price-performance ratio: today, an Atlantik 6 is easily four times cheaper than a Gibson ES from that time, making it almost a bargain. Our model has the stamp 74 B and was therefore built in February 1974.
The body is made entirely of maple. Perfectly executed nitro lacquer finish in black-rose, i.e. shaded black-red. The sound hole is glued on and lacquered, the guitar has no open resonance chambers. For weight reasons, it is of course not solid, so it is a real thinline. Everything is made of laminated wood for the sake of stability and to avoid feedback, as is usual with the great US model. For stabilisation, there is a central sustain block made of maple inside. The proven and indestructible multi-ply neck is made of beech strips, it carries a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays of pearloid in five frets and of course has a truss rod. Open tuners, solid bridge and the tailpiece with probably the best and most tuning stable vibrato ever made by Framus. Pickguard made of black plastic.
The equipment is proven standard many times over. Pickups are two classic Framus P90 single coils. They are not controlled by contemporary seventies circuit experiments, but by a master volume and master tone control, plus the three-way toggle switch for the use of the pickups. Simple, intuitive and completely sufficient for versatile sounds.
Largely unknown. We took it over from a private owner who bought it himself from an estate in a neighboring town. Since the controls scratched (completely normal - decades of non-use cause the old oil to resinify and corrode the contact surfaces), they and the jack socket were replaced. Fortunately, the visible control knobs remained intact. If one knows how to overhaul the old controls, such a replacement can be avoided, but unfortunately non-professionals who mean well often overshoot the mark. Apart from the non-original jack socket, there is of course nothing to be seen of the technically very well executed conversion and the electrics work perfectly. Otherwise, it is obvious that this guitar was never really used, because the condition is like out of a time machine and practically as good as new.
There was not much to do. Complete cleaning, fingerboard and frets sanded and oiled or polished. The lacquer surfaces were polished and the hardware was polished to a high gloss. Exactly two tiny dents on the edge of the body were touched up. Tuners refurbished and oiled. Electrical system checked and measured. New strings were put on and a setup was done.
First of all, you can hardly believe what you are holding in your hand. Obviously a classic vintage guitar, almost 50 years old, but actually as if picked up fresh from the music shop. No scratches or dents worth mentioning, no fading, no dull spots in the varnish, no rusty screws or crooked frets - it doesn't get any better than that. Wonderful overall appearance and authentic vintage look with practically no signs of use. Everything is stable and works perfectly. A really fantastic sound and modern playability characterise this Framus. Qualitatively, it is superior to any ES from the early seventies. The sound is powerful, brachial and rocking, like most Framus that have these P90 pickups, for us one of the best that Framus built back then. The neck pickup delivers an outstanding full sound, warm and voluminous with a huge frequency range. The bridge pickup is very typical for the position, punchy, assertive and perfect for solo lines. The vibrato unit is, in our opinion, the best Framus has ever built. Important: The strings here must be threaded from the front and then guided around the bottom of the holder towards the bridge. This is often done incorrectly, but then the angle of attack to the bridge is far too shallow. This Atlantik is a unique collector's item and an impressive player with a strong appearance - if you are looking for a very good ES-style guitar, you can't go past this one.
Overall length 41”/104 cm; body length 18.1”/46 cm; lower bout width 15.9”/40,5 cm; waist width 9.3”/23,5 cm; upper bout width 11.4”/29 cm; body depth 1.8”/4,5 cm; scale length 25”/63,5 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.7”/4,2 cm at nut, 2”/5,2 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 3.190 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm (adjustable).
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