Review: Framus D-Series Diablo Pro

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Most guitars that attempt to provide the full range of single-coil and humbucking tones in one instrument usually fall short in one way or another. Either the single-coil tones aren’t convincing enough or the humbucking tones fail to deliver the body and full-on roar most players desire. The Framus D-Series Diablo Pro takes on the challenge of combining traditional dual-humbucker tones with the classic triple single-coil lineup using a design featuring a full-size humbucker at the bridge, a traditional single-coil pickup in the middle and a single-coil-size humbucker at the neck, with coil-splitting thrown in for good measure. This circuit combined with a carefully selected combination of tone woods offers guitarists the true performance of “two guitars in one” and much more.

FEATURES Framus made a few notable changes to the current D-Series Diablo Pro from the previous version of the model, including a basswood body, maple neck and tigerstripe ebony fretboard (previously swamp ash, ovangkol and rosewood, respectively). The model still features similar neck specs such as a 25.5-inch scale length, 22 jumbo frets and a 12-inch radius, and it still offers bolt-on construction with the neck solidly affixed via an ingenious two-bolt design. Other notable features include a Wilkinson-style non-locking tremolo, Warwick security strap locks and Framus’ patented Easy Access cover for the control compartment. The pickups are all Seymour Duncan models, consisting of a TB-4 JB full-size humbucker at the bridge, an SSL-1 single-coil in the middle and an SCR-1n Cool Rails Strat-size humbucker at the neck. A coil-splitting function for the bridge and neck humbuckers is activated by pulling up on the master tone control, and a five-way pickup selector accesses bridge, bridge/middle, middle, neck/middle and neck settings.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.