FRAMUS STRATO #53233-L52

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Photos from online auction April /May 2010

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Vintage Guitar Collection, Berlin

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53233-L52

This vintage Framus Strato's body shape works really well, with its rounded contours, narrow waist and short cutaways. This example is a 1962 Framus Strato, with white body and contrasting black metal pickguard and neck. This one is a set-neck - but later Strato's were typically bolt on necks with four screws.

The Strato's angled black headstock was available in different shapes but typically had the six in a row machinehead configuration and a thin brass Framus logo. This example has what the seller describes as a hockey stick headstock - I think the shape doesn't quite fit with the overall design. Other Stratos had more Fenderish headstocks.

The Strato came with one, two  or three pickup configuration with selections made using two cool rotary lever switches. The rotary tone control had 4 positions with “tenor” and “bass” settings allowing for quick tone changes. Despite all these tonal options the sound of these old Stratos is said to lack high frequency "bite" - perhaps a bit muddy for today's players?

Framus still make a Strato model today with the same basic body shape.