When US guitarist Steve Salas (Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger) philosophized with Warwick founder Hans-Peter Wilfer about old and new Italian sports cars, their conversation spawned a new guitar: the Diablo II.
Diablo II Supreme X and Diablo II Pro
Available as either Masterbuilt or Teambuilt models, the Diablo II has hints of classic ’80s Charvel-style Super Strats, but with the same distinct contours as the Steve Salas Idolmaker model from a few years ago.
Both versions have Graphtech Ratio Locking Tuners, Graphtech Tusq Saddle, a Wilkinson by Framus Tremolo, IFT (Invisible Fretwork Technology), which also rounds off the ends of the Masterbuilts. In terms of pickups, there’s a Seymour Duncan SCR-1N Cool Rail at the neck, a SSL-1 RW/RP in the middle and a splittable TB-4 JB Trembucker at the bridge.
Top notch hardware and pickup choices here.
Framus Diablo II Supreme X Masterbuilt
The top model with the catchy name is made to order in the Framus Custom Shop. The body is made from American Swamp Ash with a bolt-on flamed maple neck sporting a rosewood fingerboard.
The Supreme tag gets you the flamed AAAA maple top with matching electronics compartment cover. But, seriously the price is eye-watering for what is essentially a Super Strat.
But at least the leather gigbag is included for the EUR 5279 price tag!
Framus Diablo II Pro Teambuilt
The more affordable Teambuilt version is a bit less, well, fiery aesthetically, but also has a swamp ash body and a maple neck. These guitars also come with a certificate of authenticity. For protection there is a Starline RockBag, the package is available for EUR 1899. Just a bit cheaper, then!
The Diablo II Supreme X Masterbuilt and Diablo II Pro Teambuilt will be shipping from July but is available to pre-order now on sites like Thomann (see link below). You can hear Steve Salas talking in the video I’ve included about how these new models came about.
RRP – Teambuilt from EUR 1899 and Masterbuilt from EUR 5279