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German make, C. 1950s 

Recently upgraded with new fingerboard, bridge and internally a new bass bar.

This instrument is also set up with nylon strings and fantastic for all slapping rock 'n' roll styles.


The double bass at Framus is a testament of instrument manufacturing tradition from the land of Schönbach. The traditional manufacturing was resumed with the development of the Erlangen region. There were the so-called master instruments, which were built by the likes of Anton Seifert, Georg Hellmer and Johannes Eberle.


Framus then started producing a simpler beginner and student model with laminated woods around 1955. The first main catalog mentions the double bass 4/10, an instrument with one cutaway. Later models followed like the Professional and the Spezial Jazzbass in 1955. An early Framus specialty was the jazz double bass or the double bass for dance orchestras.


Endorsers in the fifties were, among others, the Starlets, John Fischer of the Hans-Koller-Quintet and the legendary Oscar Pettiford.

Framus Cut-Away


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