Framus Dating

Dating made easy

Since the end of 1959, semi-acoustic and full-resonance guitars show a plate in their body, which contains all necessary information to determine a Framus instrument:

Model number

Example: 5/59

= Sorella

Serial No.

Example: 35062

doesn't contain any statement concerning the sequence of production; it is not possible to derive any information from this figure

Tested by

Example: Müller

this is "in most cases" the signature of the master guitar-maker and final inspector of Framus, Richard Müller

Stamp of the year of production

Example: 61I 

= 1961 September
Months are denoted from A-L, the letter M was partly used for the month of December

Number at headstock

Example: 48556-64 H

= 1964 August
Until approx. 1981, the year of production of Framus solid-body guitars and basses can be determined by a stamped number at the headstock.