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Solar Guitars E1.6 Jensen

Solar Guitars E1.6 Jensen  ·  Source: Solar Guitars

Not even half a year ago, we wrote about Ola Englund’s new guitar brand, Solar Guitars. And now Patrik Jensen of The Haunted gets his own signature model.

E1.6 Jensen

Type E is clearly a modern-day version of the Gibson Explorer form, and clearly made to appeal to the metal heads out there that enjoy all things pointy and angular. Patrik Jensen also plays with the band Witchery, so divides his time between two well-known metal bands.

The guitar is equipped with the usual active set of EMG 81/85 pickups and should provide enough clarity for this style of music. The body is made of a really nice-looking open-pored swamp ash. The 24.75” scale length C-shape neck is made of maple with an ebony fingerboard that has a Solar logo inlay around the 12th fret and Patrik Jensen “impact wave” fret markers. The 22 super jumbo frets are made of nickel.

Sustain and Punch

The guitar has a set of 18:1 ratio locking tuners made by Grover and the body has a hardtail bridge consisting of a tune-o-matic-style bridge and tailpiece, all finished in black and looking very metal indeed. As a thru-neck design, I imagine it will feel solid and have great sustain, especially with the hardtail bridge and active pickups which is a tried and tested combination for this style of music.

Looks to me like a really great guitar on paper and it could be popular with players wanting a good quality guitar for Metal and Hard Rock styles. I like the aesthetic and think the black suits the guitar perfectly, those fret markers also make it stand out from the crowd nicely.

RRP – EUR 999 / USD 999

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Nicely executed riff on the Explorer and the reverse headstock really matches well with the more angular lines used on the body. And yes, the fretboards inlays are very cool (and will be great if you’re playing on a dark stage).