Guitar Restoration : Framus Fret Jet 1965

Here’s an unusual guitar on the workbench.

It’s a Framus Fret Jet made in 1965.

I’ve not had the pleasure of seeing one of these before.

More Fret Jet and Framus info Here…

Generally, the guitar is in very good condition considering its age. The body work is quite good, all the pickups and electrics are in working order. However, the guitar is losing its logos and it’s in dire need of a re-fret.

Firstly the old logos are removed.

They are of a very fragile commodity made from a foil material. The logos have been laid directly onto the surface of the headstock varnish; this makes them very vulnerable to scrapes and knocks. As you can see from this photo, it appears they have fallen off at some point and have been reattached for many years with Sellotape.

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First Attempt: The logos are removed and the headstock veneer cleaned up and re-sprayed.

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Optimistically the logos are cleaned up, reattached and sprayed over. This does not work out too well as the old logos bulge-up in places and will not lay flat upon the surface; this idea is abandoned.

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The Next Attempt: New logos are made up using the decalcomania method.

The old designs are photographed and sent off to The Decal Shop who reproduce the designs as decals. These match the existing logos exactly.

The headstock is cleaned up, the decals are attached and sprayed over.

The end result is very successful as the logos are now beneath the surface of the lacquer and eliminates any future damage possibilities.

The fingerboard is re-fretted.

The Fret Jet has a bolt-on neck this makes the re-fret an easier affair.

It sets up beautifully and plays like a dream.

This is Duncan he’s owned this guitar for over 30 years and is very happy about its restoration.

A few days after this blog was published I had an email from Duncan

Hi Graham,

Thanks, this is a really nice blog – I’ll send the link to Dr Hoyer at the Framus Museum if that’s ok – he was keen to see the finished article.
I’ve nothing to add except with the cleaned up electrics the guitar sounds better than ever – not one dry joint or scratchy pot. Sonically it’s a cross between a Casino and a Gretsch but with some deep rhythm tones I haven’t heard anywhere else – wonderful.

All the best.

A few days later I received a further email and attachment

Hi Graham,

A very nice note back from Christian Hoyer at the Framus Museum – you’re clearly in his good books!



Dear Duncan,

I am so glad to hear back from you. More so, as the restoration went so perfectly well, and you are finally reunited with your Framus Fret Jet of 1965.

I am really happy about the restoration job and read the interesting account on it by your luthier. Congratulations to him!

There are many people out there who don´t care that much for vintage guitars and over-restore or mis-restore old beauties as we say in German, I don´t know the proper word in English, sorry!

Thanks to him also the electronics were saved! It´s really great that the pickups have been cleaned – many people just replace them. This isn´t the proper way as you also were able to find out by just cleaning them!!

Thank you so much for this update! I wish you a lot of pleasure with your Fret Jet in the years to come!

… and I hope to meet you at some point over here in the Framus Museum!

All the best,


Dr. Christian Hoyer

Framus Museum und Framus Archiv

9 Responses to “Guitar Restoration : Framus Fret Jet 1965”

  1. Berthold Jaeger Says:

    Hello Graham,

    good job!!!!
    I have the same guitar at home, but the trussrod is broken. Any chance for repairing, what do you think.


  2. Graham Parker Luthier Says:

    Hi Berthold,
    Thanks for the message.
    It is possible to repair a broken truss rod. I would need to see the neck to make proper assessment. Is it possible to visit the workshop with the guitar?
    Email me

  3. Berthold Jaeger Says:

    Hi Graham,

    sorry for the late reply to your message. I found a specialist, who was able to repair the trussrod here in Germany.
    Now, the Fret Jet works fine again and I am waiting for the 50th bithday in 2015 :-).

    Thanks to you

  4. Graham Jamieson Says:

    Hi, just read a bit on your Framus fret jet. I bought a very similar Framus from Biggars in Glasgow, Scotland in the mid sixties. I bought it new for 55 guineas and it was an absolute bargain at the time as it was reduced by about 40% from its original price. Unfortunately I sold it for £20 in 1973 when I emigrated to NZ. It is a pity I did not think to keep it and take it on the boat with me to NZ. I bought an Ecko 12 string in NZ on my arrival and still have it today. However I feel it has prevented me from learning more ‘lead guitar’ skills over the years

  5. Alvaro Inchausti Says:

    Beautiful job!
    I own a 1962 Framus Archtop Studio and it’s feels amazing to play and pretty damn cool to look at.
    I’ve recently bought the Framus logo decalc from Musikkeller (they sell brand spares for old guitars), and I’m not quite sure how to go about fixing it on.
    It’s got a transparent plastic top layer that comes off, a paper back and I don’t know how to proceed… should I perhaps soak it to remove the paper part and the apply it onto the guitar with the plastic on, and then peel it off?
    Any suggestion will be more than welcome!

  6. clyde eason Says:

    I have a television model with the four tone slides. Do you have a wiring diagram for this

  7. John Stanley Says:

    Nice job!!! What size fret wire did you use? I’m planning on refretting a Framus Sorella, the current frets are very very flat, almost like bumps in the fretboard.

  8. bill lovell Says:

    I am in Canada and also have one of these. We have been looking for a wiring diagrahm. I was wondering if you had one you could send?

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