Framus has released the new D-series version of the Devin Townsend Stormbender signature guitar, in addition to the Teambuilt and Masterbuilt editions. The announcement was first made back at NAMM 2020.
The prog-rocker has worked with the German brand on two earlier Stormbender models, the Custom Shop Masterbuilt and Teambuilt German Pro Series models. In comparison to these more premium models, the D-Series six-string is made in China, similar to the Warwick RockBass instruments.
The D-Series Stormbender sports a mahogany body with AAAA flamed maple veneer top, set maple neck, tigerstripe ebony fretboard, dot inlays and a 25.5-inch scale length. Electronics include the Fishman Fluence Devin Townshend Signature pickups and push-pull volume/tone knobs, while Warwick S-Security locks and tune-o-matic bridge feature in the hardware department.
In our recent interview with Townsend, the Canadian maestro spoke about the importance of pushing and defying boundaries – and why dropping his comedic routine was a big part of it.
“For the first time, I’ve chosen to put all these styles in one place and done it without a comedic angle,” he told Guitar.com. “It’s like a completely honest representation of where I’m at, at this point. I didn’t put a lot of strategy into making sure people perceived it in a very strategic way. That’s nerve-wracking for me, because I’ve got kids and family; it costs me so much money to make this record that I’m nervous because on a practical level, I’m like: ‘Oh my god, did I make a mistake here?’”
The D-series is available to preorder now for €1,449 with shipping beginning in July. More information at framus.de.