Ola Englund’s Solar Guitars has spent a year and a half developing its new AB2 bass series. Based on the company’s A shape design, these new models are set to add a whole new dimension to the brand’s appeal.
Solar Guitars AB2 Series
Available as either a 4-string or a 5-string version, the new AB2 Series basses look decidedly modern and fit neatly into the Solar Guitars aesthetic. There are three new models on offer, all with names that roll easily off the tongue: the AB2.4 BOP, AB2.5 RB, and AB2.5 AN. The 4-string version has an open-pore black matte finish, while the 5-string versions come in brown matte and aged natural matte finishes.
I’m a fan of Ola’s work ethic. The guy strives to offers as much value as he can with his instruments and is constantly adding new models to the catalogue. And to see him finally tackle a bass guitar is obviously good news for bassists, as us guitarists have had all the fun up until now.
The AB2 range is definitely aimed at the modern metal bass player, in looks as well as in specs. Both 4-string and 5-string versions have a satin finished bolt-on five-piece maple/jatoba neck, with a C-shaped profile, and an ebony fretboard with 24 super-jumbo frets. The 4-string has a 34-inch scale length whereas the 5-string versions have a 35-inch scale length.
They come loaded with a set of Solar dual-coil pickups with Solar’s proprietary preamp, and controls for volume, balance, bass and treble. The all matte black hardware includes a high-mass bridge along with a set of high-ratio 17:1 Solar tuners.
Value for money
You can hear the demo below to get an idea of what to expect from these new basses. I’m hoping they are as nice as all the Solar Guitars I’ve played up till now, as the price on these models is certainly appealing. My guess is that more models will be added to this series pretty soon and that, hopefully, they will be as popular as the company’s guitars.
It will be interesting to see if Solar starts using branded hardware on its basses in the future, as it has done with its more expensive guitar models. Either way, it is good to finally see a bass range from this forward thinking brand.
RRP – EUR 699 4-string and EUR 849 5-string