VOX 12 string Thin Line hollow body made by Framus. Late '60s
I have acquired this beautiful 12 string with VOX emblem and badging. My local stringed instrument luthier informed me that it was actually made by Framus ( As a child when visiting cousins in Germany he would play their Framus guitars. From that memory he recognized the pin striping on the back of the neck as a Framus trademark.) On inspecting your website I came across the Caravelle 12 string model no 5/017. This to my limited knowledge seems to be the model my guitar is based on. The VOX does have some interesting appointments differing from the pictured Caravelle model. Obviously in the addition to the VOX tailpiece, headstock shape and"V" badge it has cloud inlay markers, two "F" holes with selector switch at top flange, four tone/volume control knobs and 3 tone sunburst finish with an extreme flame on the back. I've checked the inside cavity for a sticker or other markings with none found. There is a small sticker at the very top back of the headstock that looks like it reads 3-607 with a script -b- under. The neck profile goes from a "v" shape at the nut to about the 5th fret where it starts to taper into a more "c" feel. It seems to be completely original right down to the frets and came in a fitted gold interior VOX hard shell case. (Could be the case it came with, maybe just paired with later?) It is in near mint condish' with only a few slight dings. I thought this would be an interesting addition to the Framus story as a search on the internet brings up no mention of VOX guitars being made in Germany or by Framus. Thank you for your interest, any information is appreciated! Signed D.C.