Old Framus?

I would really appreciate any advice...

I was given an old arch top f-holed acoustic, the stradle and machine heads were missing and the nut is split.

The guitar has a 'Framus' transfer under the lower f-hole and the headstock seems to be the right shape for Framus.

My problem is I've been chopping and changing the guitar to suit my style (4-string), so far I've only altered the missing bits but the nut is next and I just want to know I'm not messing up something rare/old/etc.

This is the guitar in its current state:

On the back of the headstock appears to be stamped: 14027. I've been to the Framus site but it all seems to concern the new electric (Washburn) guitars and amps, VintAxe doesn't seem to cover them...any suggestions?

Thanks,
Tim.

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HELP!...I was playing the above guitar, bent a note and flicked out one of the inlays (it'd always been loose :oops: ) The board is rosewood but I don't know what the inlay is made of so I don't know what to stick it back in with....could be plastic? Going with the theory it is an original 50's Framus anyone know the safest approach?

Thanks, Tim.

Ask the audience or phone a friend?
Ok, im going with Superglue, its what i would stick a new Nut down with,
plastic resin on wood, your inlay is crying out for a bit of Bostik.
Get your coat on, and get straight down to B+Q.

I went in there last week for some contact glue, i got a large tin of EvoStick, i needed it to stick some foam on to a pedalboard, and the sales lady refused to give me a plastic bag with it!!
whats that all about?

Mother of Pearl (sometimes irreverantly called mother of toilet seat). I don't think cyanoacrylate (superglue) will harm it (definitely won't harm the neck) but you could use wood glue to be safe. The trick is to get flat, even pressure over it so that it doesn't rise up somewhere, and wipe off any XS before it sets.

Speaking of Framus guitars, my wife brought one back from France in 1972. It was a pretty nice accoustic, steel strings, and an odd nut configuration, but I don't recall what that was, exactly. It was new when she bought it, and we ended up selling it for about $100 in 1973 (hey, we were newly married, and sometimes we couldn't afford to feed the cat, let alone ourselves).

It was definitely a guitar that was never seen in the US. I'll bet someone has a real "conversation piece" today!

Thanks, I'll try the wood glue first as I can't figure what its made of (its one of the big width-of-the-neck ones)

Tim..

Are you going for the Standard PVA glue? or the waterproof stuff?
Dr Robert from guitarist mag would only recomend superglue by the way.
But it's your guitar.
Of course you could try option 3, Bluetak.
And if you have a blue peter badge you would have already tried the
double sided sticky tape.

Have you listened to that French guys Stones song??

Because of the age of the guitar, I was assuming that the MOP is celluloid, rather than vinyl. It can shrink with age, so have a look to see if it will go back without leaving a gap. I'm really none too sure that I'd risk cyanoacrylate glue on old celluloid, although there are no surrounding finish areas to worry about. I did a quick webbage (seeing as I completely pantsed my top-of-head posting on pups) on glueing loose celluloid binding etc. They all came up as a job for wood glue, although I didn't specifically see a "fer Gawd's sake don't use superglue" quote either.

Ok, I'm still using option 4, (playing without an inlay and thus slowly shafting the fretboard of a 50's Geetar) But I have some time of work next week and will endeavour sort this out. In addition I will sort this nut out soon so I can play it properly, however, I have to say best thing I ever did though (well maybe not the BEST thing :D ), it's become such a useful song-writing tool.

EDIT: I'm not actually as camp as I sound online! I'm a mountain biker and I was on both (league and Union) school rugby teams for 5yrs! I think its the words: thus; useful; however; and 'in addition' that cause the problem. I will endeavour to reduce the use of the afore mentioned words and phrases accordingly.

1bassleft wrote:
Because of the age of the guitar, I was assuming that the MOP is celluloid, rather than vinyl. It can shrink with age, so have a look to see if it will go back without leaving a gap. I'm really none too sure that I'd risk cyanoacrylate glue on old celluloid, although there are no surrounding finish areas to worry about. I did a quick webbage (seeing as I completely pantsed my top-of-head posting on pups) on glueing loose celluloid binding etc. They all came up as a job for wood glue, although I didn't specifically see a "fer Gawd's sake don't use superglue" quote either.

:shock: i think you have 'over egged' the pudding Bass, if it shrinks and comes out with age, stick it back in with superglue again!!

All the inlays still seem to fit perfectly except that they want to be straight whilst the fretboard is curved, doesn't look like shrinkage to me. As the inlays have straightened the edges have lifted and I simply twanged it out with my thumb...looks like the 7th will go next so I must find a solution! Thanks for the advice so far,

Tim.

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