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Franconia classial guitar

pepys 18 Nov 04 - 12:05 PM
GUEST,john.stones@virgin.net 23 Nov 04 - 10:00 AM
GUEST,MCP 23 Nov 04 - 11:50 AM
GUEST,ZS 19 Dec 09 - 03:14 PM
GUEST 24 Dec 09 - 10:15 AM
GUEST,guest 28 Dec 09 - 06:39 PM
GUEST,999 28 Dec 09 - 11:11 PM
GUEST,logan 07 Jun 10 - 08:31 PM
GUEST,Guest 18 Nov 10 - 08:29 AM
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GUEST,Arutha 29 Jul 11 - 05:17 AM
GUEST,Guest, Germany 23 Aug 11 - 04:03 PM
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Subject: Franconia classial guitar
From: pepys
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 12:05 PM

Any help greatly appreciated....!

I acquired a classic Franconia guitar in the 70's but know nothing about the maker or the instrument. On the label inside the sound box it states it was hand built in Israel at the Kibbutz Gadot by Yuval Musical Instruments Ltd (which doesn't appear to exist any longer). The Kibbutz Gadot is still operating but I can't get any response to my enquiries - I suspect guitars are just not made there any more.

If you can give me any leads I'd be very grateful. I have pics if anyone wants to see the guitar.

Cheers!


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,john.stones@virgin.net
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 10:00 AM

hi
I also have a similar guitar made by the same maker and I am also looking for a rough approximation of the value
John


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 11:50 AM

There's a Yuval guitar for sale at: Yuval Classical Expensive Guitar (though in fact it's a steel-strung guitar) selling at $1695.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,ZS
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 03:14 PM

I used to live in Kibbutz gadot at the time, and have friends and relatives that live there still.
Some of those (friends and relatives) used to work in Yuval guitar factory.
Send me your questions (if still relevant) to zemersat@yahoo.com and I will try to answer, and if I can't I will at least try to hook you up with someone who can

regards,

Zemer


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 10:15 AM

I have a Yuval guitar. My father bought 2 of these guitars years ago and gave me the one I have. It has a very high quality sound, and is admired by many musicians. I have never seen another Yuval guitar. The sticker on the inside of the guitar is hard to read but it looks like a F011 model and a # 39 of 135. It's signed by Jack Habodock.
I would like to have more information on this guitar.
Thanks, Dennis


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 06:39 PM

For the Yuval guitar inquiry I believe the luthier (or inspector) As I am not certain of the quantity output of the company would be Jack Habedeck which is signed handmade in my guitar also. I believe the one in my posession is an F 103 model. Excellent tone,bound both sides as well as up the neck and headstock. The one I am using now appears to be Sapele solid wood body and neck. With a solid spruce top.
I have no idea of the age or the value as I did not buy it new. Anyone wishing to contribute information can e mail me at   revmarvinplayer@gmail.com         Best Regards.


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,999
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:11 PM

Saw one advertised--claimed to be in 4/4 condition for a hundred pounds (UK).

http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:Vl_yIC_EjKQJ:www.hobgoblin.com/local/secondhand.php%3FLocation%3DBristol+%22franconia%22,+c


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,logan
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 08:31 PM

I have just recently got my hands on a yuval guitar. Im trying to get a price on how much it is worth. The model is f-004. I have been playing guitar for around 5 years and never heard of this guitar. all it says is it was made in 1977 in isreal. theres a picture of a sun with a face on the front bottom of the guitar. help me please i want an estimate


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 08:29 AM

I have a franconia BASS guitar!!! I've had it 30 years! always thought of it as just a cheap fender jazz bass copy, it has a sticker on the back which reads WO.20781 but I know nothing else about it. Anyone got any ideas


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jul 11 - 06:42 AM

hi i am struggling to find any infomation reguarding a recent buy. i have an original franconia electric guitar. its the exact replica of a 1958 fender strat...... i am looking to date and possible price and referb. is there anyone with any infomation? please get in touch.
lloyd_ashment@hotmail.com
cheers.


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,Arutha
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 05:17 AM

I also have a Franconia Bass Guitar (Fender Jazz Bass Copy).
Cant seem to find much about it on the net but have read in a forum its not of great quality.


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,Guest, Germany
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 04:03 PM

I also have an electric guitar which I got from my uncle. He said he played it in the 70s. Its an orange guitar and there's only that sticker saying "franconia" on it. If anyone has information please tell me


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 11 - 02:23 PM

I have a Franconia Jumbo Acoustic, model AW4, the label inside says it was made in Korea.
I paid about £50 for it brand new from a music shop almost twenty years ago.


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 21 Dec 12 - 01:29 PM

hi guys i also have a franconia bass guitar and like to find out more about it,dont know where or how?


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jun 13 - 03:49 PM

i have a Samson acoustic guitar made by Yuval musical instruments in israel, i bought it new in the 70's. beautiful guitar model F-014. i never tried to look it up or look up value until today.


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Aug 13 - 07:27 PM

Franconia Bass Guitars, ( Looks like a standard Fender Jazz Bass)

Those that own one of these basses, do not disregard it as a cheap Fender copy. I have seen them over the years going cheap cheap on Ebay. I to own one of these basses and If memory serves well, I bought it in 1988/89 ish, 2nd hand from a guy who needed a bit of cash. In short, I have gigged this bass ever since, and still do to this day. I have had many comments over the years on how well it sounds, the richness, the punch, the growl. I play only by fingers, never by pick. Strings are RotoSound Roundwound RS66LD, 45 - 105. Bass head is an old Trace Elliot, and the cab is a Peavey Black Widow but with the speaker replaced with an equivellent wattage Eminence.
History: Like many I also have looked into the history behind this bass. From what I have learned, The name 'Franconia' comes from the musical instrument makers from the Bovarian forrest region of Germany called 'Framus'. Framus stands for, 'Franconia Musical Instruments'. The company was formed in 1946, but went bust in 1975. the original owner has since passed away, however his son restarted the 'Framus' company with help from Warwick Guitar company, and now I believe Framus instruments are traded under the Warick name. As previously said, don't disregard these guitars, what you have in your hands is a piece of age old Bovarian Forrest, and set up properly, the action, the bridge, the volume and tone control will serve you well for many a year.

Rgds and best wishes.
Paul R


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Mar 14 - 05:02 AM

hi there, i have just bought in a franconia guitar, which is a classical. as i am a professional musician i am always interested to find out where each new guitar i pick up comes from. the lable on this guitar reads frank merchandise london, under the franconia brand, but made in japan. this instrument is a spruce hard top with mahogany body, and it is very very rich in it's tone. it also has a very nic bow back to it. the bridge needs reducing a little, but apart from that even with it's old strings, it sounds very good indeed.

my question is, is this guitar i have, being japanese, a warwick framus outsourced to japan, or another animal all together?

'no worry about the value of any guitar, as it is only worth what it sounds like when played'......


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,Pete
Date: 24 Dec 16 - 06:10 AM

I read about that Framus / Franconia story but - no offence - I somehow doubt that. Why? I got quite some Framus guitars from 1958 and before. Archtops, Bowlbacks, Prlors, whatever. If I understand you right, you are saying Framus was calles Franconia Mus... in that age. But all my Framus guitars from before 1960 are already labeled Framus. How does this fit in your story? Am I missunderstanding? Also I don't see much similarities between my Framus guitars and the Franconia I guitars I saw so far.

Any more hints?

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Dec 16 - 06:13 AM

One more thing about the "cheap guitars" stuff: I haven't seen ANY cheap Framus guitars. They might not be the Top-Notch (but they do have some totally OWNING models) but they are far away from cheat (talking about accoustic guitars, not electric). They produced some cheap models here and there, but even those were better then most mid-range gits.


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Subject: RE: Franconia classial guitar
From: GUEST,Interested party
Date: 09 Jan 17 - 07:48 AM

Yuval guitars were distributed in the UK in the 70s by Frank's Merchandising hence the name Franconia. I believe this company still exist somewhere in England but have lost track of them. Someone there may remember, if they can be tracked down.


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