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In the sixties and into the early seventies, the Framus Texan was THE German acoustic guitar and a design icon. Thousands of 6- and 12-string models were sold, mostly in the "brown shaded" finish; natural models are quite rare. Our guitar is stamped 74C, so it dates from March 1974. It was equipped with a pickup later.
Beautiful spruce top, bookmatched finish. Sides and back made of brown stained maple, the back is arched. Neck is made of the indestructible, thousandfold proven and very elaborately produced laminated beech wood. Fingerboard made of beautiful East Indian rosewood, the neck with pearloid dot inlays. Black pickguard and bridge made of celluloid, open tuners.
Unknown. The guitar was part of a collection of Framus acoustic guitars, collected between 2005 and 2010. For reasons of space, it was given away at the beginning of 2021. Some previous owner electrified it with a soundhole pickup, standard jack socket and volume and tone controls on the top. Normally we don't like that kind of thing, but the workmanship is good, the holes are drilled and the really nice amplified sound made us leave it that way.
The guitar was completely cleaned, the body was blown out and all lacquer surfaces were elaborately polished. The fretboard and frets were sanded, the fretsticks polished and the fretboard oiled. The tuners were disassembled, cleaned, polished and re-oiled, the rusty bushings were replaced with new old stock parts from our stock. We straightened the warped pickguard and reassembled it properly. We replaced two mismatched Stratocaster knobs with authentic old German Schaller knobs. Finally, we mounted new 10" Pyramid bronze strings and did a basic setup.
Above all else, the sound of this Texan is outstanding. Acoustically, it is very loud, with full and massive basses, combined with silvery 12-string highs and lots of wood and warmth - you don't find that in all Texans. We estimate that only two out of ten have this sound. On the amp, a bell-bright sound with incredible range unfolds - Barclay James Harvest and Pink Floyd send their regards. The guitar was certainly played a lot, but always treated well and probably used more in the living room than in rehearsal rooms or around campfires. The playability is very easy for a twelve-string guitar, thanks to the low string action. There is no serious damage, everything is stable and solid. There are three or four small dents on the body and a few tiny scratches from playing, practically nothing for a guitar that is almost 50 years old. The look is modern, but still sixties, with the beautiful moustache tailpiece, its western fittings and the batwing pickguard. This Texan is not an immaculate collector's item, but it is a wonderful player in top condition, with a great sound and much too good not to be played further.
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 4,8 cm/1.9” at zero fret, 5,8 cm/2.3” at 12th fret; overall weight 2.530 g; string action on 12th fret 2 mm/0.08”.