1964 Framus Hootenanny 5/024/12

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In mid 1964, the Beatles started recording the initial tracks for their next Album release, “Beatles For Sale.”  One of the new instruments likely employed in the studio was a 12-string acoustic guitar, the 1964 Framus Hootenanny Model 5/024/12.
The origins of the Framus Company can be traced to the old European town of Schoenbach, where violins and other fine instruments were manufactured. After World War II, the instrument craftsmen from the region were displaced and relocated to other areas. So it was that Framus (Franconian Music Production Fred Wilfer Investment Trust) was founded on January 1st, 1946 in Erlangen, Germany.
Erlangen became the central location for the displaced violinmakers fro Schoenbach. However, at the end of 1949, due to the need for larger and more modern facilities, the town of Bubenreuth took over as the center for instrument makers. At the end of the 1950’s and early 1960’s, the Beat Boom created a huge demand for acoustic and electric guitars and Framus focused its production on these new bestsellers.
Framus guitars were used by a number of British Beat groups, including The Beatles. In addition to Lennon’s and Harrison’s use of a Hootenanny, Paul McCartney owned a Framus Zenith Model 17 and a Framus 5/1 Parlor guitar.
The 1964 versions of the “Hoot” came in numerous versions. It seemed the factory employed whatever materials were on-hand to craft and complete an instrument. Many parts and wood types were shared across “sister” models like the “Camping King.”
In general, the Hoots were 41” long and had 19 frets (although some were built with a 21 fret configuration and designated with an “L” at the end of the model description). The Hoots featured a Natural finished spruce flat top, round-shoulders, dreadnaught style with flat mahogany back, mahogany sides, dark binding, long screwed-in tortoise shell pick guard, thin rectangular bridge, non-slotted headstock, two 6-on-a-strip tuners with white buttons, black or tin truss cover, two styles of a trapeze tailpiece, various style rosettes around the sound hole (with the most distinctive style found on the Beatles Hoot). Hoot’s exported out of Germany were stamped with an “EX” on the sound-hole label.
The Hootenanny has an interesting “mid-range” tone (no highs or lows) and would sit very well in a studio recorded mix. Lennon is confirmed using it on the studio recording of “Help!” and “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” Movie going fans in 1965 saw Lennon use the Hoot as a prop in the movie “Help!” during the “You’ve Got to Hide your Love Away” segment. However, Beatles recording enthusiasts believe it is likely that Lennon and Harrison used the Hoot as early as 1964 on songs “I’m A Loser” and “Honey Don’t” and lot more in 1965 for “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” “It’s Only Love,” “’I’m Looking Through You,” “Norwegian Wood,” “Michelle” and “Girl” among many other tracks.
We are pleased to showcase our 1964 Framus Hootenanny Model 5/024/12 with 19 frets and an “EX” stamped on its sound-hole label. All the specifications of this 12-string guitar are identical to the one used by John Lennon and George Harrison.
George Harrison in the studio playing the "Hoot" as John Lennon looks on.
John Lennon on the set of the Beatles movie "Help!" strumming the 1964 Framus Hootenanny 5/024/12.

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