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1960s Framus TV Star Bass 5/151-52 Vintage Electric Hollowbody Bass Guitar, Germany


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Up for sale, 1960's Framus TV Star Bass model 5/151-52 excellent condition and in perfect working order. “Built in the heart of Bavaria,” this Framus is an exceptionally rare and unique example of West-German craftsmanship. Featuring a multi-ply laminate maple neck, fully hollow offset maple body, solid spruce top, and stock pair of single coil pickups, this bass has a pleasant, natural, woody thump. The neck position is round and wompy, with a deep rumble, while the bridge position is perfectly poised for throaty, focused midrange punch. Featherweight at 6lbs, this vintage Framus has received all of the professional attention due to play its best, setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings.

The laminate maple neck has a deep U shaped profile carve, measuring .990” deep at the 1st fret and 1.065“ at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl dot inlay, and missing dots for frets 5, 7, and 9 have been filled and are flush with the fretboard. As with many vintage Framus instruments, the neck has a hump in the higher registers and a bit of a twist as well. These factors were mitigated by an aggressive level of the original jumbo fretwire in the higher registers, and a new carved nut, with the curvature of the nut and depth of the slots cut to match the twist. As such any abnormalities on the neck are imperceptible to the hand while fretting, and the bass plays easily up the 30" scale with notes that ring out clearly. The nut has a slender 1 3/8“ width, and the fretboard measures the same width at the zero fret just forward of the nut. The headstock retains the metallic raised Framus logo, along with a trio of small plugged holes for a non-essential (and non original) string retainer bar. The tuning machines are an upgraded vintage set, manufactured by Hagstrom with small clover button tuners and an imposing footprint, turning smoothly and still positively European in their aesthetic.

On the body, the stock electronics function accordingly, with mini black on/off toggles for each switch, a Master Tone knob, and dedicated Volume controls for each single coil. The dark tortoise control plate matches the transparent pickup bobbins, framed by chrome surrounds and accented by a pair of stock finger/thumb rests on either side of the strings. The original white knobs with gold inserts are intact, along with a replacement adjustable floating rosewood bridge. The original Framus label is visible through the bass side F-hole with pertinent serial and model info. The top, back, and F-holes are framed with cream binding, and the original Cherry gloss finish exhibits tight uniform vertical checking. Cosmetic wear includes requisite shallow marks, scuffs, and scratches, mostly relegated to the sides and back of the body, yet nothing deep or substantial. The neck profile is free of dings, with light horizontal checking in the finish and a new piece of binding on the treble side of the profile between the nut and 1st fret.

A padded gigbag is included.