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The Television, Atlantik, and also New Sound TV-type models represent perhaps the finest stand-alone Framus design, perfectly balanced and simply well made. This is one of the very first New Sounds in this shape: Stamped 64H means August 1964! Why some of these models were offered as New Sound will probably never be known. We assume that the model name should not disappear, although the model in the previous symmetrical form was no longer produced. In any case, there is no difference to Television models.
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 complex to manufacture multi-laminated beech wood. It has a fingerboard made of very dark East Indian rosewood and has pearloid dot inlays as well as side dots on six frets. It was lacquered in the then-popular Black Rose, that is, with a two-tone black and red gradient, the red being transparent. Thick, up to five-ply bindings everywhere, solid and nickel-plated hardware. Closed single tuners with the rare round caps as well as creamy white handles in tulip design.
The guitar is opulently equipped: Three of the legendary P90 single-coil pickups are each switched via their own on-off switch. The neck and bridge pickups also have their own treble cut switch, presumably intended for rhythm mode. In addition, a master volume control and a separate tone control for each pickup. Overall, simple, intuitive and the perfect basis for virtually infinite sound variations.
The guitar was probably only played in the beginning, because around 1980 it came into a collection where it was no longer used. There it stood until 2021 (together with a twin sister!), in between also times 10 years as a loan in the Framus Museum in Markneukirchen. Finally it was offered to us and we gladly accepted.
We cleaned and polished the guitar, blew out the body, polished the frets and stripped and oiled the fingerboard. The electrics were removed, checked and cleaned, and the pots, which were a bit scratchy and resinous after being unused for so long, were made to work properly again. All hardware parts were polished. Finally, a new set of strings, a basic setup - that's it.
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. Playing marks are not worth mentioning: a few tiny scratches on the back, a small dent in one of the tuner caps and in places shining through of the brass under the thin nickel layer of the pickups - not much more. In view of their almost sixty years already exceptionally little. You can clearly see the 50 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 massive power. The pickups are as good as new, powerful and fully efficient. Actually, it's much too bad to continue to stand in a showcase, but on the other hand, with its sixties outfit in this condition, it's a real collector's guitar 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 2.880 g; string action on 12th fret 1-2 mm/0.04-0.08” (adjustable).
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