Washburn has announced the new PXV-MS260FRK-D Michael Sweet Signature Parallaxe V guitar. Like Epiphone’s new models at Summer NAMM, this model really does stand out – and then some!
Washburn PXV-MS260FRK-D Michael Sweet Signature
Part of Washburn’s Parallaxe series, the new PXV-MS260FRK-D is emblazoned with bright yellow stripes across a black background, which makes it look like an angry ’80s shred guitar mated with a wasp. Fans of Stryper will associate the pattern with Michael Sweet instantly, as it is the design his brother came up with many years ago and has become synonymous with Michael’s guitars ever since.
This new version is outfitted with a set of Duncan Designed Blackout humbuckers, a Buzz Feiten tuning system and a Floyd Rose with a 34mm brass block for added sustain. A set of spring silencers should stop any faux reverb type sounds when you are at high-gain and using the trem system.
With a mahogany body and neck, it should do the sustain thing quite well. Washburn says it has worked with Michael to adjust the guitar’s lower fin to shorten it compared to the previous version, giving it a subtle redesign. The older headstock shape is being used once more, as well.
The fretboard is ebony, with 24 jumbo frets. Upper fret access is as good as it can get with a V-style guitar, so you can shred with the best on this puppy!
You get the obligatory Stryper 777 emblazoned on the back tremolo cover. If you are a fan, chances are you will love this guitar. The Custom Shop version was announced earlier this year and differs slightly from this new one as it has Fishman Fluence pickups and a full stripe paint job, both back and front, whereas this new one is just plain black on the rear.
I’m not a fan of the band but I think the 777 is a kind of ‘antidote’ to the ‘666’ numebr associated with the devil (Stryper being a Christian rock band).
I’ve included a video below of the previous version from Winter NAMM so you can get a feel for this guitar and hear Michael’s opinion of his work with Washburn.
RRP – USD 1783