Framus 03000 Studio, 1974

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Instrument: With its 14" body, the Framus Studio was the smallest archtop in the range and was... more
Framus 03000 Studio, 1974

Instrument:
With its 14" body, the Framus Studio was the smallest archtop in the range and was actually marketed as a "strumming guitar for delicate female hands". It is nevertheless a complete archtop, very popular at the time, and was a sales success that remained almost unchanged in the program for about 20 years. The stamp 74 F on the soundhole label of our Studio stands for June 1974.

Material:
The guitar is made entirely of maple, including the two-piece longitudinally glued neck. Top and back are arched and manufactured in a very solid bookmatched way. The fingerboard is rosewood with pearloid dot inlays. All other hardware parts are old acquaintances from the Framus shelf: the open tuners with transparent perloid grips, the black-stained pearwood bridge (on a plastic base) and also the short, massive tailpiece.

Instruments history:
Unknown. We bought it from a private middleman. It had a tiny bit of varnish damage (solvent?), but it's certainly a living room guitar that has never been subjected to much wear.

Restoration work:
All surfaces were cleaned and bale polished, the body was blown out. Next to the lower sound hole there was an area of about 3 cm x 1 cm where the varnish was blistering, as if something had dripped on it and dissolved the nitro varnish. We sanded it smooth and coated it with lacquer, the spot is no longer noticeable and can only be seen against the light. The tuners were refurbished and re-oiled, the fingerboard and frets were sanded and oiled resp. polished. Finally, new strings were mounted and a basic setup was carried out.

Current condition:
This beautiful Studio is in its original condition down to the last detail. The deep glossy varnish in "brown shaded" is perfectly executed. Considering its almost 50 years, the guitar is practically as good as new. There are a few tiny belt buckle scratches on the back, otherwise the guitar is immaculate. Everything is, of course, stable and resilient, all glue joints bombproof, everything works as it should. The neck is straight as a die, the string action is very low, fingerboard and frets are as mint. The playability is child's play and together with the low string action we have here a top player on today's quality level. The sound is very bluesy, reminiscent of the sound of a banjo in certain pitches, but with lots of wood and overall very fast response and lots of sustain. All in all, an opportunity for collectors! Or a small, convenient travel archtop! Or a very individual addition to the range for demanding blues and fingerstyle guitarists. The main thing is to play it, because it would be a shame not to use this sound.

Measures:
Overall length 40.6”/103 cm, body length 19.1”/48,5 cm, lower bout width 13.6”/34,5 cm, waist width 8.5”/21,5 cm, upper bout width 10.4”/26,5 cm; body depth 3.2”/8 cm, scale length 24.8”/63 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.7”/4,2 cm at nut, 2.0”/5,2 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.120 g, string action on 12th fret 0.04-0.08”/1-2 mm.

Purchase and payment:
Just send us an email to info@german-vintage-guitar.com and you will receive your invoice immediately. Or simply order here through the shop.

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