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SOLD Framus (Germany) Fully Carved Cutaway Bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by spaghettiwestern, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Price:
    New York
    This is a fully carved Framus cutaway bass that seems to date around or before 1950 (that's a guess).

    It's had its share of scratches, dings, and cracks, but I've just gone over the whole bass and all seams are closed and all cracks stable and cleated.

    This bass is remarkably loud for its small body size. Very lightweight and responsive as well. I'd keep it, but I already have too many basses in my life.

    Some specs:
    • Spruce Top
    • Maple roundback, Maple ribs
    • Ebony fingerboard
    • Painted hardwood tailpiece
    • Bridge adjusters
    • String Length: 42"
    • Upper bout: 19.5"
    • Lower bout: 24.5"
    • Rib depth: 8"
    • Body Length: 41"
    Comes with an old vinyl front-zip case that keeps the dust off it but not much else.

    Bass can be seen and played in Brooklyn in the evening.

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    Last edited: Jan 22, 2015
  2. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Wow- that thing looks fun!!!! My first bass was an old cutaway Framus ply. I've never seen one that was fully carved; 'wish we were closer so I could check it out. Are you looking for any kind of trades?

  3. Thanks James,

    It's a ton of fun, and surprisingly versatile.
    Unfortunately I'm not sure what to trade for - can't fit any more basses in the apartment!
  4. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    Wish I was closer.
  5. Wow! This is exciting, I have the same bass and had yet to find someone else who had the carved version. Wish there was more info around, Framus' site wasn't very helpful. Mine is cracks galore as well, not the thickest ribs on these basses, but what a sound!
  6. Yobnwal

    Yobnwal Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    The great jazz bassist Steve Novosel in DC has a framus cutaway, I believe it is fully carved but not 100% sure- he plays it on an early 90s Shirley Horne album, I'll try to figure out which one
  7. Yeah, I like to think the light construction leads to it being so light and responsive - it's portable, loud, and a great sound!
  8. Yobnwal

    Yobnwal Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    There is a pic of Steve with a Framus in the liner notes to the 1996 Shirley Horne Album 'the main ingredient'

    I saw him play 'A Love Supreme' on that bass a few months ago with the Andrew White Quartet

    Great sounding basses, good luck with the sale Spaghetti Western!
  9. aesopslyre


    Oct 27, 2007
    Is this instrument still available?
  10. It is, and it's about to head to David Gage on consignment. Check it out here first!
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2015
  11. johnnysgarden


    Oct 17, 2015
    I am interested but in Seattle. Ever gig out here?
  12. Ian Elias

    Ian Elias

    Nov 17, 2015
    Hey is this at David Gage yet or still in your hands?
  13. Sorry for the really long delay - the bass is sold. Thanks all.
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