Solar Guitars introduces its first-ever bass models

Solar bass guitars
(Image credit: Solar Guitars)

Ola Englund’s Solar Guitars brand has been expanding apace, but for 2020, the company has branched further afield, with the launch of its very first bass guitars.

Like the company’s electric guitar offerings, the models are very, very pointy, but also possess their six-string brethren’s lithe bolt-on necks, and add active electronics, too.

Three models will be available at first, all based on Solar’s A Series double-cut template, but more are promised in the coming months, with the initial trio hailed as “only the beginning” of Englund’s low-end output.

The AB2.4BOP ($699) is the range’s four-string offering, featuring a Sungkai body and 34” scale five-piece maple/jatoba neck with a thin C profile, ebony fingerboard, and Black Open Pore finish.

Five-string players get the AB2.5RB ($849), which features the same basic construction, but ups the scale length to 35”, and adds a Roasted Brown finish.

Finally, the range’s flagship is the AB2.5NA, available with an alder body and Natural Aged finish.

All three models pack Solar tuners, high-mass bridges and Solar Tesla active pickups, as well as controls for volume, pickup balance, active bass and active treble.

The three Type AB Bass models are available now – see Solar Guitars for more info.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.