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The Television, Atlantik, and also New Sound TV-type models represent perhaps the finest independent Framus design, perfectly balanced and simply well-executed. Why some of these models were offered as New Sound will probably never be known. We suspect that the model name was not meant to disappear, although the model was discontinued in its previous, independent and symmetrical form. In any case, there is no difference to Television models. The date stamp on the soundhole label reads 64F, so the guitar dates from April 1964.
The guitar is made entirely of maple and lacquered in a gorgeous red. The body is hollow without a central block, so the New Sound is a real lightweight thinline. The neck is made of the indestructible and complex to manufacture beech multi-laminated wood. It has a fingerboard made of beautifully grained East Indian rosewood and pearloid dot inlays, as well as side dots on six frets. Thick, creamy white bindings around the body, soundholes and neck. Solid and nickel-plated hardware. Closed single tuners with the rare round caps as well as creamy white tulip design grips.
The guitar has the standard equipment: Two of the legendary P90 single-coil pickups are switched via their own on-off switch each. In addition, there is a bass boost, which can also be switched individually, and separate master volume and tone controls for each pickup. Simple, intuitive and the basis for virtually infinite sound variations.
Unknown. The guitar came to us as part of a larger Framus collection and probably stood there completely unplayed for decades.
We cleaned and polished the guitar, blew out the body, polished the frets, and sanded and oiled the fingerboard. The tuners were disassembled, cleaned and re-oiled. All hardware was polished. Finally, a new set of strings, a basic setup - that's it.
The overall impression of the guitar is as good as new! The varnish is almost perfect, with a deep shine, the nickel surfaces as well. Almost no wear, everything shines and flashes and shows tasteful design. You can clearly see the almost 60 years as an unused collectible. There are a few tiny quirks on the back, but we have retouched them all and they cannot be photographed. One corner of the saddle is broken off, but since this does not affect the function, we did not replace the original saddle. And finally, the nickel plating on the lower side of the bridge pickup has disappeared, probably the former used this area as a finger rest. But all this is nothing for a nearly sixty year old guitar, on a "normally" used one we wouldn't even mention it. Everything else is stable, solid and flawless, the beautiful tuners work perfectly. The rare bridge cover can be removed quite easily, see picture. Thanks to the low string action and the modern contoured neck, the New Sound plays very easily and on today's level. The powerful single-coil sound is very versatile, both pickups are in top shape and fully capable, 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 gaudy Sixties outfit in this unique condition, it is also a real collector's guitar, investment and highlight of any collection.
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, 5,2 cm/2” at 12th fret; overall weight 2.800 g; string action on 12th fret 2 mm/0.08” (adjustable).
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