1963 Framus Hootenanny 12 String Guitar
(Serial No. 44173) Excellent plus. If you are a Beatles fan this guitar is for you. This is the same model Framus guitar famously played by John Lennon. Lennon acquired the acoustic guitar in 1964 and used it in 1965 to record the album Rubber Soul. Bandmate George Harrison also played the guitar during a Beatles studio session, and it made an appearance in the movie Help!, where Lennon strums it as the band plays Youve Got to Hide Your Love Away. This is, of course, not John Lennons personal guitar - that one just sold for 2.8 million dollars! This one is a year earlier and has a sunburst top finish rather than natural. It was made in the Framus Bavaria factory in 1963. It features a twelve fret body shape with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a set mahogany neck, a 19 fret rosewood fretboard, and a decorative sound hole rosette made of individually inlaid pieces of wood. A trapeze tailpiece and floating bridge, twelve tuners with white plastic buttons, a white string guide nut and zero fret, a pickguard attached with screws, and multi-ply binding. The neck is straight, the neck set is good, and the frets show just the slightest wear. With the Hootenanny, the real proof is in the sound. When strummed, it immediately identifies itself as *that* guitar. If you know the chords, Beatles tunes fall out of the sound hole effortlessly. Like an audio time capsule, the Framus is a direct link to those records. Get your Beatles on! This instrument is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings. Comes with a Taylor hardshell case.

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