Framus 5/116-54 New Sound TV-Typ, 1964

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Instrument: The guitar is made entirely of maple, the back is beautifully flamed. The body is... more
Product information Framus 5/116-54 New Sound TV-Typ, 1964

The guitar is made entirely of maple, the back is beautifully flamed. The body is hollow without a center block, so the New Sound is a true lightweight Thinline. The neck is made of the indestructible and elaborately manufactured beech multi-layer wood. It has a fingerboard made of beautifully grained East Indian rosewood and has pearloid dot inlays as well as side dots on six frets. Lacquered in the then-popular Black Rose, that is, with a two-tone black and red blend, the red is transparent. Thick, up to five-ply bindings everywhere, solid and nickel-plated hardware. Closed single tuners with the rare round covers as well as creamy white handles in tulip design.

The guitar is made entirely of maple, including body and neck. The fingerboard is made of beautifully grained rosewood and has pearloid dot inlays and side dots. The body is closed and has only one glued-on soundhole, but it is still hollow, so it is a real, light thinline. The neck consists of two parts of solid maple and is made of one piece throughout, including the headstock.

The guitar is richly equipped: Three 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 separate master volume and tone controls for rhythm and solo modes respectively. Once you've gotten the hang of it, this makes a lot of sense and is the basis for practically infinite sound variations.

Instruments history:
The guitar was probably only played diligently in the beginning, around 1980 it came into a collection where it was no longer used. There it stood until 2021, in between also times 10 years as loan in the Framus museum in Markneukirchen. Finally it was offered to us and we gladly accepted.

Restoration work:
We cleaned and polished the guitar, blew out the body, polished the frets, and sanded and oiled the fingerboard. We closed and retouched four unexplained drill holes at the height of the bridge. On the original saddle, a small corner broke off, but since the functionality is not affected in any way, we left the part as is for the sake of originality. The electrics were removed, checked and cleaned, and the pots, which were somewhat scratchy and resinous after the long period of unuse, were made perfectly operable again. All hardware parts were polished. Finally, a new set of strings, a basic setup - that's it.

Current condition:
First of all, this is a really rare guitar. The Framus book incorrectly gives the build date of the TV-type New Sound as starting in 1965, so ours from August 1964 may actually be one of the very first. It has the early, massive and beautiful long lever vibrato unit. Visually it is a dream! Hardly any wear, everything shines and flashes, gorgeous varnish and tasteful design. The signs of play are not worth mentioning: a few tiny scratches on the back, not much more, given her almost sixty years already exceptional. You can clearly see the 50 or so years as an unused collector's item. Yet it is a wonderful player guitar! Thanks to the modern neck profile and low string action (1.5 mm at the 12th fret), it is very easy to play. It really rocks, clear, fresh single coil sound with powerful punch. The pickups are great and fully capable. Actually, it's much too bad to keep it in a showcase, but on the other hand, with its sixties outfit in this condition, it's a real collector's item and highlight of any collection. We don't want to decide that. In any case, the New Sound is a unique opportunity.

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 5 cm/2”; scale length 63 cm/24.8” (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 4,1 cm/1.6” at zero fret, 5,1 cm/2” at 12th fret; overall weight 2.890 g; string action on 12th fret 1-2 mm/0.04-0.08” (adjustable).

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