Framus guitars are made in Markneukirchen, a town set between the foothills of the Fichtel and Ore Mountains in the heart of the Upper Vogtland, Germany. Framus have two ranges of guitars, those like the Diablo Supreme that are made in Germany and the Framus Vintage and Artist Series which are made in Korea. The Framus Diablo is available in a number of different models, the Diablo which is an HSS Bolt-on neck guitar with pearloid pickguard, the Diablo Progressive and Diablo Progressive X which is a carved top Mahogany version, the latter featuring a flat top, gloss finish and Floyd Rose Trem. Then you have the Diablo Supreme which I received to review and will go into more detail in a moment, the Diablo Supreme X which is an HSS version with Wilkinson trem and finally the Diablo 7 which is a 7 string carve top version.
The Diablo Supreme has a beautifully carved Mahogany body and set neck with a very comfortable neck joint carve that makes the upper frets easily accessible. The model I reviewed had a natural satin back and neck finish on the Mahogany which feels great but if you prefer a natural high polish back and neck finish are available. The neck carve is quite modern feeling, fairly slim but with enough depth to grab hold of and shake some chords. I am a thumb over the neck player so I like modern Fender style necks but I found this to be very easy to adjust to and it is great for shredding. The Rosewood fretboard features 22 Medium Jumbo frets and the Plek process ensures that the frets are dressed and set up consistently out of the box. The top of the guitar is carved and beautifully figured Flame Maple with a high gloss finish accentuating the grain pattern and stain.
Onto the hardware, the bridge is a Tonepros wraparound bridge, the tuners are the very useful Sperzel Trim-Lok machine heads, Pickups are courtesy of Seymour Duncan with a JB in the bridge and a ’59 in the neck. This is a classic combination giving you great rock, blues and clean tones as they are highly articulate low to medium output pickups. The pickups are controlled via a 5 way blade selector switch, a single volume and a single tone control.
The guitar is finished to an incredible high standard with absolutely no imperfections, as you can hear in my demo it has a really nice clear clean tone in positions 1 – 4, a creamy blues tone on the front humbucker with a little gain and a snarling rock tone when you use the bridge humbucker with an overdriven amp. Positions 2 and 4 have quite a unique sound, particularly position 4 which has a little bit of a phasing sound and both give you the single coil style sound without the associated hum of a single coil pickup.