Hitherto known primarily to metal players, Solar Guitars was created by guitarist and YouTuber Ola Englund. So far, his brand has focussed on guitars in the style of the Stratocaster, Flying V and Explorer. It seemed only a matter of time until the release of a single cut model that would put Solar in competition with ESP/LTD for this market.
Solar Guitars G
We first saw a glimpse of the new Solar Guitars ‘Singlecut’ designs back during Winter NAMM when one was spotted in the wild. This is a modern take on the classic 1950s single cut design that helped shape the world of modern music. This is a sweet-looking, stripped back shredder.
Solar Type G
Launching the new line are eight different models priced between EUR 599 and 1199. There are flat and carved bodies (without maple top), but completely made of ash, swamp ash, mahogany or maple . The necks are made of maple or mahogany and equipped with ebony fretboards. You can choose between a regular 24.75″ scale length or a 25.5 ” 7-string version of the model. So there should be something for every taste. Too bad that there are only white and red to choose from in addition to various shades of black.
The neck has stainless steel frets and ‘glow in the dark’ side dots, just like the rest off the Solar Guitars range. These are nice features that will be welcomed by players.
The headstock is typical Solar Guitars, but I’m not sure if it fits this body shape. But at least it isn’t trying too hard to copy Gibson. The headstock shape used by ESP/LTD, for example, is a little too close to the 1950s original single cut design they are inspired by.
The most expensive model, the GC1.6OLA LTD, is a limited run of only 20 guitars worldwide. You may want to place your order quickly to get your hands on one.
- GC1.6OLA LTD – limited to 20 guitars
- GF1.7FBB (7-string)
RRP – From EUR 599 – 1199
- Solar Guitar Single Cut NAMM 2019: Solar Guitars/Facebook
- Solar Guitars GC1.6OLA LTD – CARBON MATTE: Solar Guitars