Very interesting c. 1962 German Framus Doc Williams 5/95 dreadnought acoustic. Unusual in that it is fan braced like a classical. Top might be solid spruce, but flamey maple back and sides are laminates. Neck-set is spot on, and top is flat. High E 12th fret action is 3/32". All original parts, except that original bridge has been converted from a string-thru to a standard pin bridge. Understandably, I always opt for all-original first, but there were serious issues with the oddball string-thru bridge (e.g. worn out holes and over-grooved saddle) and there was almost no downward drive on the unwound strings - hence no tone. Fortunately, it turns out Framus also outfitted some of these with pin bridges, so a conversion made sense. There was more than enough wood there to re-contour the bridge to a very close facsimile of a Framus design and drill it for pins. Used a bone saddle and some really cool Eko bridge pins for authentic Euro look. Worked great, and guitar looks, plays, and sounds wonderful now. BTW, it sounds a lot more like a grand concert than a dread. A little mellower tone, but with some nice jangle on strummed chords. Not surprisingly, it's a little twangier than a dread, so don't expect a booming cannon. Neck profile is VERY thin, so go easy on string gauge and tension. It's strung with 10s. Historically interesting and very cool instrument.
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