Not to be outdone by the many other makers currently rushing out news of upcoming new guitars, Framus has released a video featuring Stevie Salas in which he previews a prototype of several new models called The Plank and The Hollywood. The video shows him playing several different versions, each with a different pickup configuration. But this unusual design certainly seems to have a couple of intriguing design features.
Walking The Plank
In the versions shown in the video, the series seems currently to be at the prototype stage. Salas is shown playing instruments without a finish; we suppose that the ‘name’ is just a proviso pending the Framus marketing department coming up with a real one. What’s interesting in the video below is that you get an inside view of how Framus work on the models in the run-up to a crucially important show like the guitar-focussed Winter NAMM.
Stevie Salas plays his way through the whole demo, occasionally making a hash of the odd riff. But I think he gives a good overall idea of what to expect from this new range when they are finally released. He alternates between a model called The Hollywood another one titled The Plank, explaining the basic set-up of the woods and pickups used. He seems a bit bemused as to which pickup models have been loaded – it sounds like he has been at it all day!
Although these guitars are prototypes, they all appear to be offset, semi-hollow designs. Part Jazzmaster, part Thinline telecaster? Not really, but they do look, ahem, unique. At this stage they don’t look like anything I would want to play myself, but I appreciate that these are just prototypes and therefore far from finished.
Keep an eye out for the Framus stand at Winter NAMM 2017. Hopefully, they will look pretty sweet by then.