Ola Englund’s Solar Guitars has launched five new electric guitars for 2022, each equipped with active Fishman pickups and a high-performance spec that makes the brand a good choice for guitarists familiar with the dark arts of heavy metal.
All share that solar DNA, with the usual logo at the 12th fret, super jumbo frets, Luminlay side-dot fret markers, super-fast neck profiles, and a reverse headstock that looks inspired by medieval weapons.
But there’s a lot of variance between body shapes and constructions, with newer Type T Telecaster-inspired models available as six- or seven-string guitars.
Let’s take a look at the most noteworthy model first – the AB1.6TBS, which houses Solar’s first-ever HSS sensor setup.
If you’re familiar with the Type AB model, you’ll recognize the turbocharged S-style format, heavily contoured solid alder body, bolt-on three-piece roasted maple neck and matching fingerboard.
But in the Tri Tone Burst Matte finish, with an active Fishman Fluence Modern humbucker in the bridge position and two Duncan Solar Stacked single coils in the middle and neck, it has the vibe of a classic 80s shredding machine, and maybe positioned as the fusion/shred choice in the Solar catalog.
There will be plenty of tones on offer, with a five-way pickup selector and the two Fishman humbucker modes accessible via a push-pull mechanism on the tone knob. And for those who love their infallible tuning, there’s an EverTune F-type bridge to hold the guitar’s tuning in perpetuity – or as close as mechanically possible.
The AB1.6TBS retails for $1,099.
Then we have the SB1.6AFRFM, another S-style with a pair of active Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers housed in a mahogany body with a flamed maple veneer and a Flamed Natural Matte finish that looks a bit like ice cream. vanilla in the photos, and is certainly well complemented by the gold hardware.
Like the new Type AB model, it also has a 25.5-inch scale, with similar dimensions and ergonomics, but here Solar has opted for a Floyd Rose 1000 double-locking tremolo, putting in dive bombs and shouts to the menu, and the neck is a five-piece maple and jatoba sandwich, topped with an ebony fingerboard.
The SB1.6AFRFM retails for $1,199 and you can watch Englund put it through its paces in the video below.
The GC1.6AFAB, on the other hand, is Solar’s take on a classic solidbody singlecut with a design that falls away from the LP tree, but offers a mahogany body topped with flamed maple and a mahogany neck. in three parts for sustain and all that good. .
The shorter 24.75-inch scale might give it a Gibson-esque dimension but, again, we’ve got a Thin C neck, EverTune bridge and super jumbo frets on its ebony fingerboard to give it that ultra feel -quick.
There’s a shoulder-mounted three-way pickup selector, with volume and tone controls for dialing in your sound. The latter has a push-pull function to access the alternate voice of the Fishman pickups.
The GC1.6AFAB retails for $1,299.
Finally, we have the six- and seven-string T1.6 and T1.7 Vinter models, which feature a vaguely T-shaped alder body, a three-piece maple neck bolted into a Thin C profile, a pair of Fishman Fluence Modern Humbuckers. , ebony fingerboards and 24 super jumbo stainless steel frets, and an EverTune bridge.
Indeed, both Vinter models are nearly exact, except the T1.7 Vinter has a longer scale of 26.5 inches, with its six-string counterpart at 25.5 inches.
As with the others in the series, you get high-ratio 18:1 solar powered tuners, glow-in-the-dark Luminlay side markers, and overall a serious metal guitar. Don’t leave this in the snow when shooting your Necro Black Metal promotional video, as this Vinter finish – a Pearl White Matte paint – is whiter than white and likely to fade into the background.
The T1.6 Vinter is priced at $1,299, the T1.7 is $1,399, and these new models are available to order now. See Solar Guitars for more details.