I’ve often thought to myself when reading the advertisements—yes, I read advertisements—in Guitar World magazine “Those Framus guitars look pretty awesome”. It wasn’t until very recently that I worked out I have a weekly outlet for featuring guitars I think look pretty awesome which would allow me to further investigate the Framus guitars and then write about my discoveries. I’m slow on the uptake at times. A little bit like this week’s article. But here it is and here I go …
The Framus Hollywood SC (Black) has so much charm I almost felt myself blush when I first gave it the once-over. Of course there is the black and white appeal that will win me over every time, but there are so many little design pieces that are handled with perfection that make me believe I could even fall for a non-black version of this guitar. For example, the vintage style single coil pickups are beautiful. The Framus bridge and vintage style tailpiece are exquisite. But the winning design piece for me is the rotary style switch for pickup selection. This guitar oozes appeal.
If you like to know the guitar specifics such as woods used and neck types, then here’s a short list I compiled from the full list on the official website:
- Framus Vintage Machine Heads
- Set-Neck (Mahogany)
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Dot Inlays
- Scale length: 24.75“
- 21 Medium Jumbo Nickelsilver frets
- Plywood Top and Back with wooden rim in the middle of body
- Framus Vintage Single Coil Pickups
- Passive MEC electronics
- Volume / Treble / Bass / Rotary switch
- Framus Bridge with Framus Vintage Tailpiece
- Standard strap locks
- Chrome hardware
- Available in Black High Polish
- Cream binding
According to the Framus website, this particular model is made in Korea. Framus make guitars in Germany, Korea and China it seems. I don’t care where this guitar is made. It’s sexy.
Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar. I have not experienced the sound or feel of this guitar. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.