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Solar unveils five high-performance, Fishman-equipped electric guitars for 2022

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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 fit for guitar players versed heavy metal’s dark arts.

All share that Solar DNA, with the customary logo at the 12th fret, super jumbo frets, Luminlay side-dot fretmarker’s, super-speedy neck profiles and a reverse headstock that looks inspired by medieval weaponry. 

But there’s plenty of variance between the body shapes and builds, with the new Type T Telecaster-inspired models available as six or seven-string guitars.

Let’s take a look at the most newsworthy model first – the AB1.6TBS, which is home to Solar’s first ever HSS pickup configuration. 

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If you are familiar with the Type AB model, you’ll recognise the turbocharged S-style format, and its heavily contoured, solid alder body and three-piece roasted maple bolt-on neck and matching fingerboard. 

But in Tri Tone Burst Matte finish, with a Fishman Fluence Modern active humbucker at the bridge position and two Duncan Solar Stacked single-coils at the middle and neck positions, it has the vibe of a classic 80s shred machine, and perhaps positions itself as the fusion/shred choice in the Solar catalogue.

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There will be plenty of tones on offer, with a five-way pickup selector switch and the dual-modes of the Fishman humbucker accessed via a push-pull mechanism on the tone knob. And for those who like their tuning unerring, there’s an F-type EverTune bridge to hold the guitar’s tuning in perpetuity – or as close as mechanically possible.

The AB1.6TBS retails for $1,099. 

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Next up, we have the SB1.6AFRFM, another S-style with a pair of active Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers housed in mahogany body with a flame maple veneer and a Flamed Natural Matte finish that looks a little like vanilla ice cream in the photos, and certainly is complemented nicely by the gold hardware.

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Like the new Type AB model, it too has a 25.5” scale, with similarly shreddable dimensions and ergonomics, but here, Solar has plumped for a Floyd Rose 1000 double-locking vibrato, putting divebombs and squeals on the menu, and the neck is a five-piece sandwich of maple and jatoba, 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, meanwhile, is Solar’s take on a classic solid-body singlecut with a design that falls far from the LP tree, but offers a flame maple topped mahogany body and set three-piece mahogany neck for sustain and all that good stuff. 

The shorter 24.75” scale might give it a Gibson-esque dimension but, again, we’ve got a Thin C neck, an EverTune bridge, and super jumbo frets on its ebony fingerboard to give it that super-speedy feel. 

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There’s a three-way pickup selector mounted on the shoulder, with volume and tone controls for dialling in your sound. The latter has a push-pull feature for accessing the Fishman pickups’ alternate voicing.

The GC1.6AFAB retails for $1,299.

Finally, the we have the six and seven-string T1.6 and T1.7 Vinter models, which boast a vaguely T-style alder body, a bolt-on three-piece maple neck in a Thin C profile, a pair of Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers, ebony fingerboards and 24 super jumbo stainless steel frets, and an EverTune bridge.

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Indeed, both Vinter models are nigh-on exact, except the T1.7 Vinter has a longer 26.5” scale, with its six-string counterpart a regular 25.5”.

As with the others in the series, you’ve got high ratio 18:1 Solar tuners, Luminlay glow-in-the-dark side-markers, and altogether a serious metal guitar. Just don’t leave this out in the snow when shooting your necro black metal promo video because this Vinter finish – a Pearl White Matte paintjob – is whiter than white, and liable to disappear into the background. 

The T1.6 Vinter is priced $1,299, the T1.7 is $1,399, and these new models are available to order now. See Solar Guitars for more details.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.