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#1 idaveyy

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:21 AM

I got given this guitar a few years ago for a birthday present. The seller informed us it was from around the 1960s and that he had added the pick up himself. The guitar i believe is a Selmer Triumph. I have been unable to find any useful information online about the company and their guitars. The guitar is a 3/4 size archtop. Very similar looking to this Framus studio 5/51. http://www.tonwerk-r...e2998e80e0bb05/

I've uploaded some pictures of my guitar onto imageshack; http://imageshack.us.../p1030039a.jpg/
http://imageshack.us.../p1030038t.jpg/
http://imageshack.us.../p1030037a.jpg/


I'm thinking of selling it so any information about this guitars history or origin would be fantastic, cheers
Dave

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 04:47 AM

I got given this guitar a few years ago for a birthday present. The seller informed us it was from around the 1960s and that he had added the pick up himself. The guitar i believe is a Selmer Triumph. I have been unable to find any useful information online about the company and their guitars. The guitar is a 3/4 size archtop. Very similar looking to this Framus studio 5/51. http://www.tonwerk-r...e2998e80e0bb05/

I've uploaded some pictures of my guitar onto imageshack; http://imageshack.us.../p1030039a.jpg/
http://imageshack.us.../p1030038t.jpg/
http://imageshack.us.../p1030037a.jpg/


I'm thinking of selling it so any information about this guitars history or origin would be fantastic, cheers
Dave


I did a quick bit of web searching, and this is what I found about the Selmer Triumph guitar:

Selmer Triumph

Selmer Guitars built by Hofner

As best as I can determine, Selmer rebranded guitars made by other manufacturers, so your guitar might be a Framus custom built for Selmer, but regardless it is a very nice looking guitar, and it appears to have all the original controls, pickup, knobs, pickguard, and so forth . . .

[NOTE: German luthiers occasionally tend to prefer to put their logos and signatures on the front of the guitar body in the lower-left quadrant by the bridge or edge of the pickguard, which is the triangular thing you see in the photograph . . . ]

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[SOURCE: Framus Vintage Archive ]

Your guitar has the "Triumph" decal and the "Selmer" decal, and this might make it a somewhat rare or at least unusual model, so it makes a bit of sense to do more research on it before determining a price, although you might get an offer from one of the folks in this FORUM who is interested in this style of guitar and knows more about them than I do . . .

[NOTE: For collecting and investing purposes patina is a vastly important, where "patina" refers to the finish and appearance, which strange as it might be is best when it is original and shows the natural aging, wear and tear from use, and so forth. So, the best rule is not to mess with the finish and appearance other than to do a bit of very careful cleaning and routine maintenance using specifically designed cleaning solutions, oil, and so forth. Judging by the photograph of the headstock and the entire guitar, it appears that the guitar body probably has been refinished by someone who knows how to refinish this type of guitar, which although it makes the guitar look very nice actually lowers its value for collecting and investing purposes. Without finding a Selmer catalog with this particular model, all I can do is guess, but it looks very nice, and I like this guitar, since it is interesting, and I like the wood. The bridge probably is not original, and I am not certain about the knobs, but they all look good and fit with the overall design of the guitar, and yet another somewhat strange bit of information is that a good-looking guitar tends to sound good, as well . . . ]

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[NOTE: I really like the nut and zeroth fret, as well as the original tuning pegs, although the tuning peg for the high-pitch "b" string looks to have been repaired (silver and wider than the other tuner cases or whatever they are called) . . . ]

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Edited by surfwhammy, 20 September 2011 - 04:49 AM.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 12:37 PM

[NOTE: I really like the nut and zeroth fret...


So do I, and a Zero-fret is consistant with Framuses (Or should I say "Frami"?) The little sticker on the back that says "Foreign" might refer to the guitar being imported into the UK from Germany.
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