Framus reveals head-turning Special Bionic Snake signature model for Accept’s Wolf Hoffmann

Framus WH-1 Special Bionic Snake
(Image credit: Framus)

Framus’s latest signature guitar for Accept lead guitarist Wolf Hoffmann has slithered into view – meet the WH-1 Special Bionic Snake.

The model is based on artwork for the latest Accept album, Too Mean to Die, and teams a sand-blasted lacewood body and maple back with a snake design made of real steel, which produces its pseudo 3D effect.

Framus WH-1 Special Bionic Snake

(Image credit: Framus)

That same design continues to the matching headstock, which also boasts Graph Tech Ratio locking tuners with wooden knobs, as well as the locking nut for the ‘Kiss My Strings’ Floyd Rose tremolo.

Framus has even included side-edge green LEDs on the guitar’s maple neck to further reinforce the serpentine theme – these illuminate the neck’s 25.5” tigerstripe ebony fingerboard, which features a 12” radius and 24 nickel silver frets.

Pickups are a Fishman Fluence single coil in the neck and humbucker in the bridge, controlled via a three-way switch and a single volume control, which doubles as a push/pull to adjust the Fishman’s humbucker voicing.

Special Bionic Snakes are built to order, with a delivery time of four to five months and a price tag of €15,709 (approx $18,800).

For more info, head over to Warwick/Framus.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.