Framus 0/5 Electra lap steel, 1958

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Instrument: The open tuned Hawaiian guitar, played sitting on the lap, is, along with the... more
Framus 0/5 Electra lap steel, 1958

The open tuned Hawaiian guitar, played sitting on the lap, is, along with the steel drum, the characteristic instrument of Hawaiian music, the first world music boom ever, which developed in the USA in the 1920s and quickly arrived in Europe. In the Germany of the 1950s, marked by the beginning of the economic miracle, people again dreamed of faraway places, and so the Hawaiian trend had its stars with bands like the Kilima Hawaiians or the Hula Hawaiian Quartet. Songs like Alo-ahe by Freddy Quinn or Blue Hawaii by Lale Andersen became mega hits. Framus hit the nerve of the time when they introduced the first electrically amplified Hawaiian guitars in 1953. Nevertheless, sales figures fell far short of those of guitars, so that production of these niche products was discontinued again as early as the beginning of the 1960s, parallel to the end of the German Hawaii trend. The Electra was the best-selling model, but has become rare today, especially in this beautiful condition and in the complete set with original case, cable and Framus metal slider. The punch on the back of the headstock shows an A58, so our Electra was built in January 1958.

The multi-piece body is made of solid maple wood, lacquered in black-red (but overall rather black), very popular at the time and called Black Rose. Ebony fingerboard with celluloid inlays. Partial multi-ply bindings around body and neck, beautifully marbled red pearloid headstock. Nickel plated pickup housing with one pickup, one volume control and banana jacks. Open brass tuners.

Instruments history:
Unknown. Came to us as part of a small guitar collection.

Restoration work:
Cleaning and polishing of all lacquer surfaces and metal parts. Reconditioning of tuners, fingerboard lightly sanded and oiled. New Pyramid lap steel strings mounted. We vacuumed out the beautiful case.

Current condition:
This little lap steel is really great preserved and 100% in original condition. Beautiful to look at and easy to play. The sound is extremely versatile: from blues in the style of a cigarbox guitar to clear and warm sounds in the style of Ry Cooder to the rocky and distorted sounds à la David Lindley, everything goes. Even the Star Spangled Banner in the Hendrix version with whistling feedback! On the back there is a closed gouge in the rubber cover as well as four old, also closed and retouched drill holes, there was probably a coupling for a stand mounted at some point. This Electra is a rare collector's item as well as the ideal extension of the equipment of every guitarist who is interested in slide and bottleneck playing. Case, cable and slider are part of the nice set.

Overall length 31.5”/80 cm, body length 13.4”/34 cm, lower bout width 6.9”/17,5 cm, upper bout width 2.8”/7 cm; body depth 1”/2,5 cm; scale length 22.8”/58 cm (nut to bridge), fingerboard width 1.8”/4,5 cm at nut, 2.3”/5,9 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 1.430 g, string action 0.3”/7 mm.

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