Framus 5/116-52 New Sound TV-Typ, 1965

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Instrument: The Television, Atlantik, and also New Sound TV-type models represent perhaps the... more
Product information Framus 5/116-52 New Sound TV-Typ, 1965

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 is no longer visible, but we have discovered the stamped date December 8, 1965 in the body under the switch plate (see photo).

The guitar is made entirely of maple, the back is beautifully grained and subtly 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 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. Lacquered in the then-popular Black Rose, that is, with a two-tone black and red burst, the red is transparent. Thick, cream-white bindings around body, soundholes and neck. Massive and nickel-plated hardware. Closed single tuners with the rare round covers as well as cream-white grips in tulip design.

The guitar is well equipped: 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 separate master volume and tone controls for each pickup. Simple, intuitive and the basis for virtually infinite sound variations.

Instruments history:
Unknown. The guitar came to us as part of a larger Framus collection and probably stood there completely unplayed for decades.

Restoration work:
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.

Current condition:
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. Virtually no wear, everything shines and flashes and shows tasteful design. You can clearly see the almost 60 years as an unused collectible. Two small retouched spots under the bridge stands we can't explain, apparently drill holes were repaired, where and why we don't know. Otherwise, just a few mini scratches, a handful of micro lacquer cracks on the headstock, the bridge cover has tiny dings, probably from storage rather than playing, and there are no more defects. This is all nothing for a nearly sixty year old guitar, on a "normally" used one we wouldn't even mention it. Fretsticks and fingerboard are flawless, tuners work perfectly. Thanks to the extremely low string action and the modern contoured neck, the New Sound plays very easily and on a contemporary level. The powerful single-coil sound is very versatile, both pickups are in top condition and fully functional, the adjustment options leave nothing to be desired. Actually, the Framus is much too bad to continue to stand in a showcase, on the other hand, it is with its Sixties outfit in this unique condition but 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 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 3.070 g; string action on 12th fret 1,5 mm/0.06” (adjustable).

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