Framus 5/110-52 Atlantik TV Softline, 1966

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Instrument: The Television, Atlantik, and also New Sound TV-type models represent perhaps the... more
Product information Framus 5/110-52 Atlantik TV Softline, 1966

The Television, Atlantik, and also New Sound TV-type models represent perhaps the finest independent Framus design, perfectly balanced and simply well done. Why some of these models were offered as New Sound and others as Atlantik will probably never be known. In any case, there is no significant difference to Television models. Here is the rare mahogany version as softline without binding and with rounded edges. The date stamp on the soundhole label is 66 F, so the guitar was built in June 1966. It was photographed for Hans-Peter Wilfer's Framus book "Framus Vintage" and can be seen there on page 89 on the right.

The body of the guitar is made entirely of beautiful triple-layered mahogany and has been given a high-gloss clear lacquer finish. The body is hollow without a center block, so the Atlantik is a true lightweight thinline. The neck is made of the indestructible and complex to manufacture beech multi-laminated wood, here stained medium brown. It has a rosewood fingerboard and pearloid dot inlays and side dots on six frets. Solid and nickel-plated hardware. Open single tuners with metal grips. Tuning stable vibrato unit with engraved cover plate.

The guitar is very usefully equipped here: Two of the legendary P90 single-coil pickups are each switched via their own on-off switch. A rhythm solo switch, a bass attenuation switch and a volume and tone control for each pickup. Simple, intuitive and the basis for virtually infinite sound variations.

Instruments history:
Nothing is known about the early years after 1966. Later, the guitar became part of a Framus collection and was on loan to the Framus Museum in Markneukirchen for many years. In this context it was photographed for the above mentioned book in 2008.

Restoration work:
The guitar actually had only one blemish: One of the previous owners had pasted a homemade, three-dimensional Framus lettering on the headstock with way too much glue. This was not original and the glue pushed out the sides looked very unattractive. We removed this, added an original logo, and repainted the headstock clear. Everything else was standard: clean and bale polish all the lacquer surfaces, color touch up the brown edges, blow out the body, lightly strip and oil/polish the fretboard and frets, make the tuners work smoothly and polish them, and clean and polish all the hardware. The resinated electrics were completely overhauled and made operable, and the slightly corroded surfaces of the pickup covers were sanded and polished. Finally, a new set of strings was mounted and a basic setup was made.

Current condition:
The guitar is really eye candy! The exquisite wood, the nickel-plated hardware and the dark pearloid of pickguard and switch plate make a very high-quality overall impression. Of course - except for the logo - everything is in original condition. There are no damages or flaws. A few minor scratches on the edges, the very slightly worn neck back on about 7 cm and a few tiny belt marks on the back make up for the nice, very subtle patina. Nevertheless, the guitar looks almost like new overall. Frets and fingerboard are flawless, tuners work perfectly. Thanks to the low string action and the modern contoured slim neck, the Atlantik plays very easily and on a modern level. The powerful single-coil sound is versatile, both pickups are fully performing, and the adjustment options leave nothing to be desired. Actually, the Framus is much too bad to continue to stand in a showcase, but on the other hand, with its elegant outfit in this unique condition, it is also a real collector's guitar, investment and highlight of any collection. And who has a guitar that is pictured in the main Framus standard book?

Overall length 104 cm/40.9”; body length 50 cm/19.7”; lower bout width 38 cm/15”; waist width 24 cm/9.4”; upper bout width 32 cm/12.6”; body depth 4,8 cm/1.9”; scale length 63 cm/24.8” (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 4,2 cm/1.6” at zero fret, 5,2 cm/2” at 12th fret; overall weight 2.880 g; string action on 12th fret 2 mm/0.08”.

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