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Framus / Black Rose / 1954 / Sunburst / Guitar

Since their introduction in 1946, Framus archtop guitars have become renowned for their stylish looks and great value for money. They also have a famous connection to Elvis Presley who owned at least three models. The Black Rose was their flagship model at the time, featuring the stylish ‘cat’s eye’ F holes and, very unusually, a ‘bird’s eye’ soundhole. The liberal use of pearloid on the headstock face and position markers is also typical of Framus style, and the name Black Rose refers to the rich dark red-to-black sunburst finish. The guitar features a solid Spruce top with Maple back and sides, a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and Ebony bridge, and a beautiful tailpiece with the name Black Rose engraved on it. Tonally it has a bigger sound than most archtops, thanks to the added soundhole, which produces greater response in the mids, and playability is very good with low action and a comfortable feeling neck. The guitar’s in good condition, with the kind of nicks and dings you’d expect from a well played 50’s guitar.

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Glenns Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Glenn Sinnock
Gibson, Martin, Guild, Lowden, Collings etc.
Vintage Flattops
Opening hours:
10am - 8pm / 7 days

Welcome to Glenn's Guitars here on Vintage & Rare. After many years in the industry, and having been fortunate enough to have worked in Hanks and The Acoustic Centre - probably London's two foremost acoustic guitar shops - I decided to do my own thing.

I have a passion for used and vintage acoustic guitars; nearly new second hand guitars because they can represent a bargain compared to the price of a new guitar, older and vintage guitars because they tend to have more character and can often become an investment.

You will notice when viewing my stock list my taste in guitars, as I only sell guitars that I genuinely like - and there are certain brands noticeable by their absence. I am a huge fan of older Gibson, Martin and Guild acoustics, but also more boutique brands such as Lowden and Collings.

I will consider part exchange if it makes your desired guitar a little easier to afford. I also offer a guitar finding service, if there's something specific you're looking for.

If you are happy to buy over the internet, I will send you as many high resolution photos and as much information about the guitar you're interested in as I can. If you can get to me - I'm based in Enfield, only 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station - you can always make an appointment with me and come and try some of the guitars out first.

I accept payment by Paypal, bank transfer, cheque and of course cash.

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