Framus 5/297 Jumbo 12, 1970

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Instrument: A twelve string Framus Jumbo, model 5/297 from 1970. The stamp is faded but well... more
Product information Framus 5/297 Jumbo 12, 1970

A twelve string Framus Jumbo, model 5/297 from 1970. The stamp is faded but well recognizable. Another stamp EX marks the guitar as an instrument intended for export. Mahogany models were often shipped to France.

Top, sides and back are made of mahogany, the arched back is beautifully flamed and bookmatched. It's very rare to find something like this. Neck including headstock is made of one piece of the proven multi layer maple with truss rod, wearing a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Rosewood tailpiece, open tuners. Black lacquered headstock and a four-ply, black top celluloid pickguard. Cream white bindings around the body.

Instruments history:
Unknown. It is likely to have returned from abroad as an export model at some point. The Jumbo was part of a collection of Framus acoustic guitars brought together between 2005 and 2010. For reasons of space, it was given away at the beginning of 2021. Due to the excellent condition, we conclude it was a living room guitar that was played a lot, but still treated with care and was not often on the road. Why the no longer original tuners were replaced with new Warwick/Framus tuners at some point, we do not know.

Restoration work:
Thorough cleaning and polishing, two scratches on the side of the upper bout filled and retouched. Body blown out, fingerboard sanded and oiled, frets polished, tuners oiled. New strings installed and setup done.

Current condition:
This Framus not only looks powerful, it also sounds like! Voluminous, loud and with a lot of bass, as you would expect from a jumbo, but this also combined with balanced mids and trebles, very harmonious and warm, here you can hear wood played for 50 years. Bright overtones, clear and brilliant, as you can expect from a 12-string. It sings! The high quality woods do their part here. The look is of course classy and high quality, mahogany models are rare and sought after. The guitar is in top condition and has only a few flaws. On the sides the varnish has light spots, probably this is a very old production defect. The previous owner bought it as is in the mid 2000s. Of course, the varnish is solid and stable and the surface is highly polished, the small blemish has no negative influence on sound and playability. And on the sides it is hardly noticeable. Nevertheless, the price is adjusted to it, without this flaw our mahogany model would cost 200 € more. The as-new Framus tuners come from Warwick's vintage spare parts range, fit perfectly and are of very high quality. Plus the two scratches on the side below the neck - for 51 years of guitar life, that's practically nothing overall. Otherwise, everything is stable and solid, fretboard and frets flawless, neck straight. The guitar is immediately playable and resilient without any restrictions. If you are looking for a vintage guitar full of character with a wonderful sound, this is the one for you!

Overall length 43.3”/110 cm, body length 20.3”/51,5 cm, lower bout width 16.3”/41,5 cm, waist width 9.6”/24,5 cm, upper bout width 12”/30,5 cm; body depth 3.9”/10 cm, scale length 24.8”/63 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.8”/4,5 cm at nut, 2.2”/5,5 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.630 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm.

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