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Old 12-10-2017, 05:13 PM
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Arrow Fraulini Angelina 12 String

If you're looking at this, you probably already know about Fraulini Guitars. Many will say that these are the finest hand made ladder braced guitars being built today. I started out playing electric guitar about 50 years ago but in the mid 90's, I put the electric down and began focusing on country/old time blues. Then, in 2009, I heard about the Fraulini Guitar Company. Previously, this sound was only available with a rare, expensive ladder braced 12 string from the early 20th century (Stella/Oscar Schmidt, etc.). My Fraulini Angelina 12 was delivered in September 2009. It was like a time machine delivered me this guitar from the past!

While I still play acoustic blues occasionally, I started playing mainly electric again now about 2 years ago. This Fraulini Angelina 12 string has been sitting pretty much untouched in my humidified room. If you check with Todd Cambio (Fraulini Guitars) you'll find a new one like this (with upgraded fancy binding and purlfing) will run you about $4400 and the wait is around one year.

From http://fraulini.com/angelina/
The Angelina is a grand concert sized guitar, based on the classic ladder-braced Oscar Schmidt designs of the early 20th century. Robert "Barbecue Bob" Hicks is most closely associated with 12-string guitars of this style. The Angelina has the excellent balance and projection typical of guitars of this size. This results in a tighter and more focused sound than what one can expect from the larger-bodied instruments. The lower bout is 14 5/8", with a scale length of 26 1/2".
The nut width, as I measure it, is 1 7/8".

The guitar is designed to use heavy strings and be tuned down to B (standard tuning).

Original owner - Sept. 2009
  • Mahogany back and sides.
  • French Polish.
  • Excellent condition.
There was a seam separation around Feb. 2010, a few months after receiving the guitar from Todd.
Repaired (with cleat) by Todd Cambio. No problems since.

There are some "scuff" marks in the finish on the sides due to the delicate French polish finish and the tightness of the case.
Here's what Todd Cambio said about the scuff marks: "The finish can be repaired, but the case fit is so tight, it may likely happen again."

Price is $3250 shipped CONUS.















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Old 12-16-2017, 02:14 PM
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Very cool guitar. Where in Jersey are you...?
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In Central Jersey. Just west of Somerville near Rt. 22.
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Old 01-04-2018, 12:14 AM
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Lightbulb A little more about Fraulini Guitars - The Angelina 12 String

It's got great action, and meant to use real heavy strings. I find it very easy to play either with fingers or slide. It's no Taylor 12 String (or Martin D12-20), but it's not meant to be. I had a '97 Taylor 555 and still have an LKSM-12. Different animals A very loud guitar with ladder bracing. It's been described as a "lap piano".
It is meant to be tuned down to a B, much like the LKSM-12 is meant to be tuned down to C #. So in Standard Tuning it is: B E A D F# B

Are you familiar with Fraulini Guitars? If not, you should really do some research. These guitars are meant for old time blues. Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell, Barbecue Bob, etc. If the old time blues sound is what you're after, no Martin, Taylor, or Guild is going to get you anywhere near it. As Paul Geremia said "It sounds more like a Stella than a Stella!"
Here's the link to the Fraulini website, Angelina model with some sound samples.

I bought this guitar new - sight unseen. I knew what I wanted. I paid a lot of money for this, realizing that if I didn't like it, I'd just have to put it up for sale... But it fulfilled all my expectations. Considered to be the best - even more so than an original since Todd Cambio builds all instruments entirely by hand, using the highest quality materials and traditional techniques such as a dovetail neck joint; hot, fresh hide glue; handmade wood purflings; and varnish finishes.

I was heavily into country blues for a number of years. Still am, just playing electric a lot more these days. I need to free up the cash that's sitting there in the Fraulini.

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Love the total authenticity and vibe of these guitars....
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Love the total authenticity and vibe of these guitars....
Thanks for the post. Yup, Fraulini is the Cream Of The Crop.
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