Framus, short for Franconian Musical Instruments, dates to 1946 when Fred Wilfer set up shop in the American controlled part of Germany in Bavaria. While they made lots of different instruments, by the mid-1950s guitars were Framus’ main product, mainly for exportation. After the Beatles hit, the American market for electric guitars mushroomed and Framus became an early supplier of the demand.
This semi-hollow guitar is a perfect example of why Framus was one of the most popular European guitar brands between the 50s and 60s. This one's certainly been cared for the past 50+ years, and shows only minor bumps and bruises from regular play.