Framus Pro Series Idolmaker review

Why that funky brand from the '60s making modern German-made guitars using innovative high-tech production methods should be on your radar

Framus Pro Series Idolmaker
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

There’s no lack of rock power here thanks to the bridge-placed Seymour Duncan JB – still so valid after all these years – yet there’s surprising subtlety to the guitar in the split mode that extends its repertoire... it’s a welcome slice of unique style in an increasingly me-too market.


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    Innovative body design and construction tidy build.

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    Excellent neck shape.

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    Rock-ready sounds but with coil-split subtlety.


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    Not a classic shape and only comes with a gigbag.

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You don’t need us to tell you that there’s a rich seam of very high-quality guitar makers throughout Europe that, if we’re honest, we often overlook. 

Framus, owned by Warwick, certainly falls into that category – and visiting its factory a few years ago was like dropping into an otherworldly futuristic dream. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.