To modern metal guitarists Ola Englund is a man who needs no introduction and it isn't from his band work. Although he is the guitarist for bands like Feared and The Haunted and formerly of Six Feet Under; Ola is more commonly known for his high quality Youtube demonstrations. There is no doubt that his taste in gear is impeccable so that is why Washburn gave him the chance to make his own series of guitars. Part of the Parallaxe line the Solar 170 is a great value metal machine.
Built To Rock Hard!
As you would have guessed from a man like Ola these guitars have been designed to handle high gain and stay out of your way so your hands can get to extreme speeds. Made with an alder body and ultra thin maple neck with ebony fingerboard this guitar is lightweight and easy to get your hands around. The alder and maple work brilliantly together to make a sound that will cut through any mix while the ebony keeps playing smooth and slick.
Guitars like this are made to played loud so when it comes to the pickups they have to be just right. You need a pickup that is hot enough to handle whatever you want to through at it while also being articulate with great dynamic range. They get this sound with a set of great Duncan Solar pickups made to push what you think your amp can do.
Stability is Key
All of this talk about woods and pickups is great but a guitar that can't stay in tune or doesn't feel good in the hand is useless. With that Washburn have invested in a high quality fixed bridge that works fantastically with the black Grover 18:1 machine heads. For this price you can't get much better stability than with a guitar like this.
- MODEL: PX-SOLAR160C
- SERIES: Parallaxe
- SHAPE: Solar Double Cutaway
- BODY: Alder
- MATERIAL: Maple
- FRETBOARD: Ebony with 24 Frets
- NUMBER OF FRETS: 24 frets
- INLAYS: Ola Englund inlay at 12th
- NUT: Graphite
- NUT WIDTH: 43 mm
- SCALE: 25.5
- PICKUPS: Duncan Solar Humbuckers
- PICKUP CONFIGURATION: H / H
- CONTROLS: 1 Volume/1 Tone
- PICKUP SELECTOR: 5 way blade
- HARDWARE: Chrome hardware
- BRIDGE: Fixed Bridge
- TUNERS: Chrome Grover Exclusive 18:1
- COLOR: Black Matte
- FINISH: Matte finish
- STRINGS: D'addario EXL 120 light gauge