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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 independent 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, which we can confirm from direct comparisons. The biggest difference, however, is the cost and the much better price-performance ratio: An Atlantik 6 today is easily four times cheaper than a Gibson ES from that time, making it almost a bargain. Our model has the stamp 74 C and was therefore built in March 1974.
The body is made entirely of maple. The perfectly executed nitro finish was called "brown shaded" at the time and gives off a wonderful vintage feeling. The soundhole is a sticker, the guitar has no open resonance chambers. It is not solid for weight reasons, of course, so it is a true thinline. Everything is made of laminated wood for the sake of stability and to avoid feedback, as is also common with the great US role model. For stabilization, there is a central and sustain block made of mahogany 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. Thick creamy white bindings around the top, open tuners, solid fully compensated bridge and tailpiece with tuning stable vibrato.
The equipment is proven standard. Pickups are two classic Framus P90 single coils. Controlled not by contemporary seventies circuit experiments, but by a volume and tone control each, plus the three-way switch for the use of the pickups. Simple, intuitive and completely sufficient for versatile sounds.
Unknown. Considering the playing wear, however, we can assume that the Atlantik was played diligently and has experienced quite a bit. Fortunately, it has never been tampered with, so it is still completely original.
There was not much to do. Complete cleaning, fretboard and frets removed and oiled or polished. Lacquer surfaces elaborately bale polished, hardware highly polished. Tuners refurbished and oiled. Electrical system checked and measured. New strings fitted and setup performed.
The color was called "brown shaded" in 1974 - and we think it hardly gets any more beautiful than this instrument. Gorgeous overall look and authentic vintage appearance with a few signs of wear. Everything is stable and works perfectly. A truly fantastic sound and new-age playability are the hallmarks of this Framus. We have a real rock guitar here - Alvin Lee and B. B. King would have had fun. The Framus is 100% in original condition, fretboard and frets are like new, the pickups provide full power. The open tuners work perfectly - nothing to tweak here. Especially for its almost 50 years of guitar life, the Atlantik is in fantastic condition. A rocker for all days and collector's item - why spend so much more for a Gibson?
Overall length 41”/104 cm; body length 18.1”/46 cm; lower bout width 15.9”/40,5 cm; waist width 9.1”/23 cm; upper bout width 11.4”/29 cm; body depth 1.8”/4,5 cm; scale length 24.8”/63 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.7”/4,2 cm at nut, 2”/5,2 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 3.050 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm.
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