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.

Hootenanny Vintage Guitars

Sunburst (cranberry)
10 Years
Hootenanny Vintage Guitars
Thomas Patrick Diggins
Youngstown, OH
12:43 AM

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