Framus 00321 Amateur, 1973

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Instrument: 6-string parlor guitar Framus 00321 Amateur from 1973. Stamped 73 F, so from June... more
Product information Framus 00321 Amateur, 1973

Instrument:
6-string parlor guitar Framus 00321 Amateur from 1973. Stamped 73 F, so from June 1973. 63 scale, with perhaps the most beautiful, because narrow Framus headstock shape and archback. Black and red shaded two-tone finish. These travel guitars made in 1973 and 1974 - either in black-red, like ours, or in black-orange - are among the best that Framus left to ambitious blues musicians.

Material:
Spruce top, bookmatched finish, maple sides and an archback, also bookmatched, beautifully evenly flamed on this guitar. Maple neck, including headstock made of two longitudinally glued parts with flat rosewood fingerboard, four pearloid dot inlays and truss rod. Rosewood bridge, reinforced and solidly screwed through the top with a metal strip, of course steel strings belong on it. Open, nickel-plated tuners.

Instruments history:
Unknown. Was offered to us, the nut was broken, but because of the good basis and excellent sound, we immediately and gladly took over the guitar.

Restoration work:
As usual, we cleaned the guitar extensively and blew out the body. All lacquer surfaces were polished, some playing marks were retouched. The fretboard and frets were dressed and then oiled and polished. The broken nut was replaced by a matching original part from our stock. Finally, new strings (Pyramid 11 bronze) were mounted and a basic setup was done.

Current condition:
They were sold in high numbers at the time, but good examples have become rare in the meantime. Because many of these guitars were worn out in kids' rooms or on school trips, tinkered with recklessly and then at some point mostly disposed of. Wrongly, because acoustically this is a typical Blues Parlor. Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson send their regards! The condition is beautiful, only at the edges especially of the top a few small scratches and dents show up, but of course only superficially and structurally harmless. Everything is perfectly stable, all glue joints are bombproof. Fingerboard and frets are flawless and show no wear. Playability is perfect - the guitar screams fingerstyle, picking and slide. The amateur is perfectly played in and unleashes maximum sound: loud, instantly responsive, accented, with full bass and midrange - no comparison to some poor and tinny parlor guitars. This is a nice piece for collectors, but much too good for the display cabinet. This guitar needs and wants to be played. Easy to play and very versatile to serve as a fantastic beginner guitar, but also a statement for the advanced guitarist.  And of course, first choice as a travel guitar.

Measures:
Overall length 38.6”/98 cm, body length 18.7”/47,5 cm, lower bout width 13.8”/35 cm, waist width 8.3”/21 cm, upper bout width 10.2”/26 cm; body depth 3.1”/8 cm; scale length 24.8”/63 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.7”/4,3 cm at nut, 2.1”/5,4 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 1.670 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm.

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