Framus 5/296 Texan 12, 1970

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Product information Framus 5/296 Texan 12, 1970

In the sixties and into the early seventies, the Framus Texan was THE German acoustic flat top guitar and a design icon. Thousands of 6- and 12-string models were sold, mostly in the "brown shaded" finish. Natural models are already quite rare, even more so in this solid construction. Our guitar is stamped 70C, so it dates from March 1970.

Beautiful spruce top, bookmatched construction. Solid mahogany sides and back, arched back. Neck made of the indestructible, thousandfold proven and very elaborately produced laminated beech wood. Everything only clear varnished. Fingerboard and tailpiece made of beautiful East Indian rosewood, the neck with pearloid dot inlays. Four-ply pickguard made of celluloid with Framus engraving, 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.

Restoration work:
The guitar was completely cleaned, the body was blown out and all lacquer surfaces were elaborately polished. The fingerboard and frets were smoothed, the frets polished and the fingerboard oiled. A tiny crack in one side was glued professionally and lastingly. The tuners were disassembled, cleaned, polished and re-oiled, the bushings were also polished. Finally, new 10" Pyramid bronze strings were mounted and a basic setup was done.

Current condition:
This beautiful Texan was and is in 100% original top condition. Played a lot, but always well treated and probably used more in the living room than in rehearsal rooms or at campfires. A special feature is the beautiful rich sound, harmonious and brilliant, warm and woody. It sings! Partly responsible for this is, of course, the magnificent, solid mahogany body. The playability is very easy for a twelve-string guitar, thanks to the low string action. There is no serious damage, after gluing the small crack, the body sounds and vibrates perfectly again. There are maybe five tiny dents and scratches on the top, otherwise the Texan is flawless. Fingerboard and frets are perfect. The look is modern, but still Sixties, with the beautiful moustache tailpiece and its Western fittings and the batwing pickguard. It's a good thing that the beautiful wood wasn't hidden under a colour finish. So the guitar is a collector's item and player in one, but in any case too good not to be played.

Overall length 109 cm/42.9”; body length 50,5 cm/19.9”; lower bout width 40 cm/15.7”; waist width 27,5 cm/10.8”; upper bout width 29,5 cm/11.6”; body depth 9,5 cm/3.7”; scale length 63 cm/24.8” (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 4,4 cm/1.7” at zero fret, 5,4 cm/2.1” at 12th fret; overall weight 2.420 g; string action on 12th fret 2 mm/0.08”.

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