Me and my guitar: Devin Townsend

As prog-metal sorcerer Devin Townsend quite literally gears up to release monumental new album Empath, he let us in on a few secrets behind his Framus Stormbender signature electric guitar in this exclusive video.

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In the clip, which features the model’s latest seven-string incarnation, Hevy Devy explains why the Stormbender is so much more than just him putting his name to a guitar.

Devin goes on to detail each and every spec, including the guitar’s Evertune bridge and Fishman Fluence humbuckers, and how it all started with the idea of capturing a Les Paul Custom sound without the look.

Most tantalisingly, Townsend teases a more affordable Stormbender for next year’s NAMM… We can’t wait.

Empath is out on 29 March via Inside Out Music.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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