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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / 1967 Framus Texan

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Jan 4th, 2016 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

My former guitar student, Lydia, found a Framus Texan at a thrift store for $3. She wanted it playable.

It actually was not in bad condition. The neck had to be shimmed (bolt on) but the truss rod was fine. The neck is multi-laminated at right angle to the fingerboard and looks to be made of dozens of layers of maple veneer. It won't ever warp or twist.

I cleaned up some rusty screws, wiped a little lacquer into the scratches to seal them and strengthen the finish, lubed the tuners, put on new strings, etc.

There were holes someone drilled for controls and a jack but no evidence of a pickup. I made a pickup for her (old Washburn Strat type with adjustable polepieces in a mounting ring I cut from aluminum) put in controls, a jack and string ground etc.

The neck is narrow but wil be perfect for her hands. It has great action and the acoustic tone is pretty nice...rich but not really loud due to laminated top and I'm sure the bridge construction. The tuners work well.

It's a really nice piece from the year I started playing guitar. What fun. All for $3. I spent no money fixing it up. I used stuff laying around.

1967 Framus Texan

M Tracy
Contributing Member

Lafayette IN

Jan 4th, 2016 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice work and what a score. I've had an early 60's Framus archtop acoustic for about 15 years now, it needs some work but I've been afraid to ruin it. Now that I know it's worth about 3 bucks, maybe I should man up and just do it. Mines got the same super laminated neck as well, electric guitar thin and still stable after 50 years.

1964? Framus

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