Framus Vintage Guitars
The Framus company was established in 1946 by Fred Wilfer in Erlangen, Germany, and Framus guitars were imported into the US by the Philadelphia Music Company. Immediately prior to 1955 they moved to Bubenreuth in Germany. Framus made only acoustic guitars until around the 1955 company relocation. Their earlier electric guitars were basically their acoustic archtop guitars with added pickups - usually a Schaller pickguard/pickup assembly. The Sorella, made beginning in 1955, was an acoustic archtop guitar with a single cutaway that could be had with or without the Schaller pickguard/pickup assembly. When 1958 rolled around, Framus came out with the Billy Lorento model which was a thin archtop with a single cutaway and two pickups.
Around 1960, Framus began making electric guitars that were actually designed to be electric guitars. 1963 brought the Atilla Zoller model which was an archtop with single cutaway and two pickups. In 1965, Framus came out with the Caravelle model which was an archtop with double cutaways and two pickups - and a tremolo. Also by 1965, many high end models were equipped with an organ tone which was a spring-loaded volume knob with a spigot handle. This was an attempt at a Leslie effect. (Leslie was a popular organ speaker of the day.)
The Golden Television (yes, a guitar) was put out by Framus in 1967. This was a semi-hollow guitar with double cutaways and three pickups. Finally, in 1974, Framus came out with the Jan Akkerman model which was produced until about 1977 when production of the original Framus lines ceased.
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