Solar Guitars has started 2022 with a bang by introducing five all-new electric guitars.
Arriving in the form of S-type double-cuts and three single-cuts, each model comes equipped with a swathe of model-specific specs, with all but one boasting Fishman's celebrated Fluence Modern humbuckers.
Universal appointments include the proprietary Solar 12th fret logo inlay, super jumbo frets, C-shape neck profiles and Luminlay side-dot fret markers. Oh, and Solar's none-more-metal reverse headstock design.
There’s also a new seven-string addition to the Solar catalog to be dissected, so without further ado, let’s get right into it.
First up is the AB1.6TBS, Solar’s premiere HSS-configured AB Series six-string. Available in a Tri Tone Burst Matte colorway, this S-type features an alder body, bolt-on roasted maple neck and EverTune F-Type bridge system.
The 25.5”-scale axe also boasts 24 super jumbo stainless steel frets, Solar 18:1 locking tuners, a graphite nut and a dual-action truss rod.
In the pickup department, two Duncan Solar Stacked single-coils ride shotgun alongside a Duncan Solar bridge humbucker, which are controlled via a five-way selector switch and master volume and tone knobs.
The AB1.6TBS is available to preorder now for $1,099.
Joining the AB1.6TBS is the second S-style model of the drop, the Flame Natural Matte SB1.6AFRFM.
Build-wise, the shreddable axe boasts a mahogany body with a flame maple veneer, as well as a five-piece maple/jatoba neck that’s topped by an ebony fingerboard. In the hardware department, it features Solar 18:1 locking tuners and a Floyd Rose 1000 tremolo system.
As for pickups, two Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers – selected via a three-way switch – make the cut, and are controlled by a master volume and push/pull tone knob, the latter of which is used for “voice change” capabilities.
You can preorder the SB1.6AFRFM now for $1,199.
Taking inspiration from the classic LP design and aesthetic – though, of course, with a healthy dose of shred-friendly tweaking – the single-cut GC1.6AFAB is perhaps the most conventionally styled Solar instrument yet.
Featuring a Flame Solar Amber Burst over a flame maple veneer, the single-cut sports a mahogany body, as well as a mahogany neck and 24-fret ebony fingerboard. Other functional specs include a graphite nut,18:1 locking tuners and an EverTune F-Type bridge.
Pickups are once again Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers, dictated by a three-way toggle switch – characteristically situated on the upper bout – and a control layout comprising two volume controls and a master push/pull tone knob.
Solar’s GC1.6AFAB can be preordered now for $1,299.
Solar T1.6Vinter and T1.7Vinter
Capping off the drop are the T1.6Vinter and T1.7Vinter double-cuts, which are effectively six- and seven-string iterations of the same model.
Both boast a Pearl White Matte finish, and are composed from an alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard and an EverTune Constant Tension bridge. Each model also features stainless steel frets, a graphite nut and dual-action truss rod.
Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers once again make the cut, and are controlled by the now-familiar three-way toggle switch, two volume knobs and master push/pull tone parameter.
The T1.6Vinter and T1.7Vinter are available to preorder now for $1,299 and $1,399, respectively.
To find out more about all the new releases, visit Solar Guitars.