Framus 05301 Texan, 1977

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Instrument: This instrument may be one of the very last Texans made under the aegis of Fred... more
Product information Framus 05301 Texan, 1977

This instrument may be one of the very last Texans made under the aegis of Fred Wilfer. The stamp reads 77 C, i.e. March 1977. Framus filed for bankruptcy in 1975, after which instruments continued to be assembled in Bubenreuth under receivership with a small staff until 1977. Primarily existing materials were used for this purpose. This is quite evident here: the guitar has rosewood tailpieces, these were replaced by black plastic ones in 1972, so we have here a remnant from before that time. Note the flat back - this is only found on the very last Texans. Obviously, the curved backs had already run out by this time, so straight ones were made, which never existed before at Framus.

The guitar has a bookmatched massive spruce top. Unique might be the body made of gorgeous pearwood, except on this guitar we have never seen one on a Texan. The neck is built from two solid maple pieces glued lengthwise and carries a rosewood fingerboard. The tailpiece is also rosewood. Overall, a very classy, unusual and wonderful looking and sounding choice of materials. Here, the use of leftover stock clearly led to an excellent result.

Instruments history:
Unknown. The guitar was part of a collection of Framus acoustic guitars assembled between 2005 and 2010. Due to storage space constraints, it was handed in at the beginning of 2021. When we got it, an unsuitable pickguard from cheap China mass production was mounted - why, we do not know.

Restoration work:
All surfaces were cleaned and bale polished, the body was blown out. The tuners were refurbished and re-oiled. We removed the mismatched cheap pickguard and installed an original Framus Texan part from our stock. Fingerboard and frets were sanded and oiled or polished. Finally, new strings were mounted and a basic tuning was done.

Current condition:
This magnificent guitar is now back in its original condition. It is one of the very last Texans and, given the limited resources with which Framus worked after 1975, a wonderfully finished piece with rarity value. The high gloss finish is perfectly executed and makes the beautiful woods shine beautifully. Neck, fingerboard and frets are in mint condition. The body has 2-3 tiny dents or scratches, but given its age of 44 years, it looks like it's straight out of the store. Everything is of course stable and resilient, all glue joints bombproof, everything works as it should. Playability is child's play, with the low string action of 2 mm at the 12th fret, we have here a top player on today's quality level. The sound is full, balanced, wonderfully warm and typical dreadnought: powerful and loud. Historically, the Texan is a very special time witness, we described it above. Overall, with these materials, probably a unique opportunity for collectors! Or the one guitar for the faithful player!

Overall length 41.3”/105 cm, body length 19.7”/50 cm, lower bout width 15.7”/40 cm, waist width 10.8”/27,5 cm, upper bout width 11.4”/29 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, 2.0”/5,2 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.240 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm.

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