Framus 5/196 Texan, 1970

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Instrument: Framus 5/196 Texan, the stamp clearly shows a 70 for the year 1970, followed by a... more
Product information Framus 5/196 Texan, 1970

Framus 5/196 Texan, the stamp clearly shows a 70 for the year 1970, followed by a B for February and a C for March. Something probably went wrong at the factory, because normally there should be only one month letter. The serial number was - also unusual - entered by hand, here obviously the Framus label employee had a bad day. The EX marks it as a guitar originally intended for export. Classic Texan finish in the color "brown shaded", i.e. with black-cognac gradient. Very nice and unusual the almost completely black painted sides. At the time one of Framus' top sellers from the company's best days, but today in good condition already a rarity. In an almost flawless condition like this one, hardly to get anymore. A timeless classic and sixties design icon.

Like all Texans, a solid and massive piece of guitar! Beautiful fine grained spruce top with sides and back made of beautifully figured maple. Back and top are bookmatched, the back is arched. The neck, including the headstock, is made of one piece of massive maple. The fingerboard is made of East Indian rosewood with pearloid dot inlays in five frets. A truss rod is present and also standard in 1970. Beautiful rosewood tailpiece in the moustache shape made famous by Gibson. Open Framus tuners.

Instruments history:
Unknown. We have had the guitar in storage for a while and don't remember where it came from.

Restoration work:
None. We blew out the body, carefully polished the varnish, put on new strings and did a setup.

Current condition:
There were once thousands of them. But now Texans in very good condition are becoming fewer every day, especially in this beautiful condition. Here, everything is original, stable, sturdy and works perfectly. Fingerboard and frets are still like new. Not even the pickguard shows significant scratches, the delicate white Framus lettering on it is untouched. Binding edges, neck back, headstock - everything is almost untouched. A few very minor, minimal and barely invisible scratches - we wouldn't even mention them on a more played guitar. The nickel-plated hardware shines like brand new. All screw heads are flawless and unused. This Framus is straight out of a time machine! It has spirit and a lot of character, the color scheme is very nicely done, the finish perfectly executed. The black sides look very attractive, we have never seen anything like that on a Texan before. Playability is easy, thanks to the extremely low string action and the modern contoured neck. The sound is Texan-typical warm, yet quite open and transparent, loud and with a fast, clear response. You don't get that with new guitars. Of course, everything is completely free of cracks, breaks, dents or other damage. The guitar fits from the level and quality in any collection, but can also be played intensively immediately. However, the new owner should definitely maintain the condition.

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 zero fret, 2”/5,2 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.390 g, string action on 12th fret 0.04-0.08”/1-2 mm (adjustable).

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