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6-string blues and parlor guitar Framus 5/1 Amateur from 1967. 63 scale, with the old Framus headstock shape.
Spruce top, bookmatched finish, maple sides, maple back in archback construction, also bookmatched. Solid mahogany neck, including headstock made from one piece. Flat fingerboard made of beautiful rosewood, with four dot inlays and adjustment rod. Bridge made of dark stained pearwood. Open tuners and nickel-plated tailpiece.
Unknown. Came to us as the only parlor in a larger Framus flat top collection and served the owner as a travel guitar. The many play marks tell of countless hours of use - the little Amateur was not spared. Whether on the train, in the car, camping, at the campfire or in the hotel - the Framus has been through it all. It has well deserved its patina, but has survived all stresses and strains without damage.
We first cleaned the guitar extensively and blew out the body. The various dents and scratches were carefully retouched, and all the lacquer surfaces were then polished. The fingerboard and frets were straightened and then polished and oiled. A broken edge on the pickguard was repaired. The tuners were disassembled, cleaned and made usable as well as re-oiled, the tailpiece was derusted and polished. Finally, we mounted new strings and made a basic setup.
In the aged look with the playing marks especially on the top and the quite a few tiny, subsurface lacquer cracks, the guitar is a real patina beauty. The authentic relic look is unique and not artificially produced. It doesn't look like a German touring guitar at all, but rather like one of those legendary pre-war US Parlors. And that's how it sounds - you can hear the blues of Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt! The condition is otherwise almost perfect, the patina is of course only superficial and structurally harmless. Everything is perfectly stable, all glue joints are bombproof. Fingerboard and frets are flawless and show no wear. The neck back is faultless, important for pleasant playing feel. Playability is a breeze, thanks to the slim neck and low string action - the guitar screams fingerstyle, picking and slide. Together with the other high-quality components, the mahogany neck in particular provides a fat sound with plenty of volume. The Amateur is perfectly played in and unfolds maximum sound: loud, immediately responsive, accentuated, with full basses and mids - no comparison with some poor and tinny travel guitars. This is not an expensive piece for the display case, this guitar needs and wants to be played. Easy enough to play to be a fantastic beginner guitar, but also a statement for the advanced guitarist. And of course, first choice as what it has always been: a fantastic travel guitar.
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”/4,4 cm at nut, 2.1”/5,4 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 1.800 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08-0.12”/2-3 mm.