Framus Diablo Custom 7

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  1. TMM

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    So, I'm looking into getting one of these, and I'm curious... does anyone know what a fair price for a used one is? They seem pretty badass, with the Ebony board, bolt-in (not on) Ovangkol neck, Plek Tech setup, and Duncan custom shop pickups. They seem pretty rare this side of the pond, especially since Framus stopped a lot of their US distribution. I've only been able to find one place online that has them new, let alone used. The new one I found was $4026 list, $3221 retail here.

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    Forgive me for sounding retarded, but what exactly is the different with bolt-on and bolt-in necks? This is probably the first time I've heard of bolt-in..
     
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    This would be bolt-in. Framus are badass guitars! I sold my sixer because the radius was only 12, but the 7's have a really high-radius, something like 20" I believe.

    Framus actually has no US distribution now, at least for their guitars. The site you linked has ridiculously high prices. I suspect the guy has to pay retail from Europe, and then ship them over here and mark them up from that. I bought my Renegade Pro sixer for $850, new, off e-Bay.
     
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    Framus makes some awesome looking guitars and appear to be really top notch...but 3k+ for a production instrument is ridiculous. Same reason why I can't bring myself to justify buying certain gibson and PRS guitars.

    I am one of those people though who believe that if you really want something price is no issue; it should be worth it to you.

    good luck on finding one of these beasties!
     
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    wow that cut-out part for the neck joint is ROUGH
     
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    Actually, it's quite comfortable. And it's the tightest bolt-on joint I've ever seen.
     
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    It's somewhere between set and bolt-on - the cavity is cut for the neck to fit perfectly into the body, like a set neck, but then the neck is also bolted in. It's supposedly the best of both worlds, in terms of solid construction and resonance.

    Really? I don't know about that, unless they had a price increase since you got yours. I found a European site that only had the 6's, and they were all in the 900 - 2000 Euro range --> Thomann

    Here's a used 6'er for $1500 --> BLVD Music
     
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    I'm not sure if the prices have gone up, or if it's because of the change in the Euro to dollar exchange rate. The Diablo Pro, when I bought it about a year ago, was equivalent to around $900 on Thomman. But now it's around $1,200.

    The Diablo 7 is a great guitar, but not worth over $3,000. I think I remember seeing one sell on here for well under $2,000. And Buz sold his for $725, of course he's famous and can afford to give ridiculously good deals.:lol:
     
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    Yeah, the Diablo Custom 6'ers are equivalent to $1875 USD

    Haha true. I think I saw that too... crazy low price for a hand-made German instrument with all the bells & whistles (except Piezo).
     
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    garthfluff is a fellow edinbugger who bought one, although I have no idea whether he still has his. I think his used to belong to Buz from Unearth too. Try PMing him?
     
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    Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a shot. PM'd him.

    Yeah, I guess I'm mainly trying to decide between tracking down a Framus and finding a JP7 in a non-hideous finish. I've played a JP6 before, and thought it was pretty nice, but I've never played a Rosewood-boarded guitar that I liked as much as the nicer Ebony and Maple boards I've played. Basically, the Framus has everything I'm looking for, except Piezo, but it's a hell of a lot more difficult to find from what I can tell.
     
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    we have one at guitar center in tampa used for 500 bucks.
    no case but in really great shape I would pick it up myself but im broke as a joke.
     
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    A Diablo 7 for $500? Wow
     
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    TMM please write more about framus diablo 7, i'm thinking about replacing my 540s7 for this.
     
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    Ever played a Warwick bass? If so, just imagine that in guitar form, and that's very close to what the Diablo 7 felt like. The neck is really Les-Paulish, but not in a bad way. The overall tone is really punchy, and the Duncan single coils sound really good. I'd definitely take it over a 540-S7 (though if you have the red one, I'd probably hang on to it just for rarity's sake). The sound is a lot richer, with more depth than the old 540-S7 I had. The sustain on the Framus was also vastly superior to the Ibby.
     
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    i say try before buy, the 540-S7 is a pretty sweet guitar
     
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    yes it is, is very comfortable, i like how this guitar sound but i also have a mahogany hellraiser C7 so i want little change.
     
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    I'll note that I'm giving my opinion as someone who has owned both. A red 540-S7 was my main guitar for a while:

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    Framus Camarillo Series

    dont forget the camarillo 7 string that they also offer
    very similar, but hardtail and 2 humbucker
    and of course the ever-important feature, 22 frets :)
     
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    I like the features of this guitar (HSS is by far my favourite pickup layout), but to me the shapes of these guitars always look so rough-cut and home-made.
     

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