Framus has officially announced the The Blank and Television guitars, both are due in March and will sit at higher price ranges.
The Blank comes in either Masterbuilt or Teambuilt incarnations and is available in a variety of pickup configurations. These include Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound STL-3 /STL-1 single coil pickups or Seymour Duncan Humbucker SH-4 / SH-1 humbuckers.
With its Telecaster-style control plate and simple layout, we saw a prototype back around the beginning of this year, so we have a good idea of what to expect from them already. What we didn’t know at the time was that they were developed with Devin Townsend and that his influence was a major part of their design.
Also available at two price points depending on who makes it, the new Television is actually based upon a much earlier original Framus design hailing from the 1960s. This model allegedly has an offset body style.
This one has a Tune-O-Matic Bridge and hard tail, a stop piece and comes loaded with two Seymour Duncan APH-1 humbuckers or two Seymour Duncan P90s.
The prices for Teambuilts range in price from 2110 to 2290 Euros for the The Blank model, with Television between 3050 and 2990 Euros. We expect the Masterbuilt models will cost you substantially more.
Neither guitar is particularly cheap, whichever variation you go for. I can’t see them selling that many at these prices. However, I don’t doubt that they will play superbly and if last month’s demos of the then called ‘Plank’ are anything to go by, then they should sound pretty good as well.
I’m personally not a huge fan of the styling of the two models and think they look a little frumpy. That may have a negative affect on their mass appeal, as we guitarists are a fickle bunch at the best of times!
Check out the Framus site below for all the variations on offer for these two models.