Framus J-155 Junior, 1971

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Instrument: In the early seventies, Junior (one pickup) and Junior De Luxe (two pickups) were... more
Product information Framus J-155 Junior, 1971

Instrument:
In the early seventies, Junior (one pickup) and Junior De Luxe (two pickups) were the entry-level class for Framus solid bodies. In the old body shape we have here, they are now legendary guitars with collectors' value, because most of the Juniors sold at that time were worn out, tinkered with, and then often simply dumped. Our model bears the punch 71 I, so it dates from September 1971.

Material:
The body is made of alder. The neck is manufactured from the indestructible and complex to produce beech multi-layer wood. It is one-piece with a through headstock and has a truss rod. The fingerboard is made of East Indian rosewood with pearloid dot inlays as well as six side dot markers. Open tuners, massive tailpiece with height adjustable bridge, black plastic pickguard.

Electrics:
One of the hundred times proven Framus P90 single-coil pickups is the basis. In addition, a volume and a tone control and the standard jack socket. That's all you need for endless fun.

Instruments history:
Our Junior was bought in the fall of 1971 at Musikhaus Schmidt, the predecessor of Session-Music in Frankfurt, Germany, and was under the family Christmas tree on December 24, 1971 as a gift for the then 12-year-old son. As so often, the gift failed to serve its purpose: The gifted first owner never learned to play guitar properly. Nevertheless, he kept the Framus for 50 years until he offered it to us for purchase due to his move at the end of 2021, which we immediately agreed to. Accordingly, the almost mint condition of the guitar.

Restoration work:
The unplayed guitar was already in very good condition when we took it over. We just did a complete cleaning, polished all the lacquer surfaces and all the hardware. The fingerboard and fretsticks were very slightly stripped and oiled/polished, and the tuners were cleaned and re-oiled. We touched up the one major quirk on the bottom edge. Finally, new 10 gauge Pyramid strings were installed and a basic tuning was done - that's all there was to it.

Current condition:
The fun factor dominates here! The Junior is simple, straightforward and has everything an electric guitar needs. Easy to play, a fat single-coil rock sound, an eye-catching look for band and stage and yet a lightweight that you can carry around for hours. Plus value development potential and collector-worthiness. There is no damage, just a single major quirk on the bottom edge, it can be seen well in the photos. Everything is solid and firm, fingerboard and frets are as new. The electrics work flawlessly with no noise or scratching, the pickup is sparkling dewy with plenty of power. Most of the Framus Juniors still available today are hopelessly tinkered with and worn out. Instruments in condition like ours have become rare. If you are looking for an uncomplicated fun guitar for every day, this Junior is the perfect choice.

Measures:
Overall length 38.6”/98 cm, body length 16.5”/42 cm, lower bout width 12.8”/32,5 cm, waist width 7.1”/18 cm, upper bout width 9.4”/24 cm; body depth 1.4”/3,5 cm, scale length 24.8”/63 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.6”/4,1 cm at nut, 2”/5 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.290 g, string action on 12th fret 0.04-0.08”/1-2 mm (adjustable).

Purchase and payment:
Just send us an email to info@german-vintage-guitar.com and you will receive your invoice immediately. Or simply order here through the shop.

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