Framus 05011 Dix 6, 1975

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Instrument: A very late Framus Dix, model 05011, 6-string from May 1975 (stamp 75 E). From the... more
Product information Framus 05011 Dix 6, 1975

A very late Framus Dix, model 05011, 6-string from May 1975 (stamp 75 E). From the last months before the company went bankrupt. With these industrially manufactured mass-produced guitars, it always takes a bit of luck to get one where the material and workmanship were right, because they were just mounted on the assembly line, not selected. Maybe five out of a hundred are really great "by accident" - this is certainly one of those very few cases of luck!

While 99% of all Dix guitars have a limba top, this one scores with a solid spruce top. The arched back is made of solid mahogany, bookmatched like the top, the sides are made of maple. The neck is made of two pieces of beautifully flamed maple, full-length incl. headstock. Fingerboard made of East Indian rosewood with pearloid dot inlays and side dots on five frets. For a Dix, the wood selection is of extremely high quality!

Instruments history:
Unknown. The guitar 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. Instead of the original tuners, cheap, new Schaller copies from Far East production were mounted.

Restoration work:
Thorough cleaning and polishing, body blown out, fingerboard slightly stripped and oiled, frets polished, tuners cleaned and oiled. We replaced the unsuitable cheap tuners with open Framus tuners from the seventies from our stock. New strings, setup - that's it.

Current condition:
Above all, this guitar impresses with its truly unique sound! Powerful, loud, warm and woody with voluminous basses, everything wonderfully harmonious - everything is just right here! The high-quality woods and especially the solid body are the reason for this. This is without question one of the best sounding six-string Dix that has ever left the factory. There are no cracks or breaks, the Dix is 100% odourless and clean! The tuners are smooth and tuning stable, everything is fully original again. Fingerboard and frets are flawless and show virtually no wear. Apart from a few micro-scratches, there are no other signs of play or damage. Only on the lower bout, on the right and left side of the strap button, there are traces of dirt over a length of about 15 cm, but these are not disturbing and can barely be seen on a photo. The neck is straight as a die and has a truss rod. The 46 year old guitar is immediately playable and stressable without restrictions, the string action is 2 mm at the 12th fret and can be changed in both directions with the help of the bridge screws. If you are looking for an easy-to-play vintage dreadnought with an understatement appearance but a killer sound, you can't go past this Dix - no bling-bling but plenty of power!

Overall length 41.7”/106 cm; body length 20.1”/51 cm; lower bout width 15.7”/40 cm; waist width 10.8”/27,5 cm; upper bout width 11.6”/29,5 cm; body depth 3.9”/10 cm; scale length 24.8”/63 cm (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 1.7”/4,2 cm at nut, 2.1”/5,2 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.120 g; string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm (adjustable!).

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