"What's the future ever done for me?"
No sustain, dodgy electronics that buzz and hum, necks like axe handles: what beautiful guitars.
I've got a nice Golden Strato Deluxe that I bought in the early 80's for $100.00 sold it and then saw it on Queen street a few years ago and bought it back for $500.
Rick, are you sure you're not confusing those with Teisco guitars? Framus stuff was generally OK...
I agree with pistonping, Both Framus and Hagstrom were quite playable and good value until you could afford something better (Fender, Gibson etc.)
I've tried a couple of Framus six strings that felt only marginally better than one of those Italian or E. European guitar nasties, but they might just have been in poor condition - comparing them to a Hagstrom from the same era is definitely a compliment; never played a Hagstrom that wasn't OK or better. Of course nowadays, with Fender and Gibson offering branded guitars from $300 to $3,000, the age of the cheap and cheerful foreign twanger seems to be over.
But I wasn't being sarcastic by calling them beautiful - they did have an undeniable charm, which I fell for a couple of times, buying a Hofner hollowbody and some kind of Italian thing w/accordion push buttons and a twang bar that looked like auto surplus.
They certainly had an excess of switches and buttons. I sold my Hagstom 8 string bass in the early 80's to upgrade to a "real" bass, a 1978 Music Man Stingray which I still have. I should have hung onto the Hagstrom but it just didn't have the sustain or resonance, plus a couple of dead spots on the neck.