Framus has released a refreshed edition of its Panthera Studio Supreme electric guitar. The new axe, dubbed Panthera II Studio Supreme, arrives with a stunning 3D top and elegantly shaped contours. The axe is available in Masterbuilt and Teambuilt versions, with both models featuring Plek’d fretwork. Here are the highlights:
The Panthera II Masterbuilt stands out with an eye-catching carved AAAA flamed maple top, a mahogany body, a choice of a set-in flamed maple or mahogany neck and a tigerstripe ebony fingerboard.
In the tone department, the instrument is loaded with three Seymour Duncan pickups arranged in an HSH configuration. These include an APS-1 RW/RP Alnico Pro II staggered single-coil sandwiched between two humbuckers: an APH-1N Alnico II Pro at the neck and an SH-5 Custom at the bridge.
As for controls, the axe’s tone can be shaped via a five-way pickup selector, a two-way ‘lead-free’ switch and master volume and tone knobs. The last of these is equipped with push/pull coil-splitting capabilities.
Rounding out this Masterbuilt’s features are a TonePros Tune-o-Matic bridge, Graph Tech Ratio Locking tuners as well as Warwick security locks.
This version differs from its pricier sibling in three main aspects: it features a carved AAA flamed maple top – rather than AAAA – a maple neck and an ‘Easy Access’ electronic compartment cover. Otherwise, the Teambuilt model sports the same HSH pickup configuration, controls and hardware components as its premium sibling.
The Panthera II Teambuilt is available in these finishes:
- Nirvana Black
- Antique Tobacco
- Burgundy Blackburst
- Lagoon Blue Burst
- Vintage Sunburst
The Masterbuilt Panthera II is made-to-order and starts at €5,959, while Teambuilt version lists at €2,549. More info at framus.de.