Solar Guitars introduces two new signature models
Two metal guitarists join the brand’s roster.
Solar Guitars has announced that two new signature models will be added to its range of artist models: Jason Frankhouser of killertonetexas and death metal outfit Martyred as well as Marzi Montazeri of thrash-groove progenitors Exhorder have both had signature models announced.
Frankhouser’s signature, the GC1.6 Killertone, is a dual-humbucker single-cut that sports some tweaks to Jason’s specs. Unlike the other entries in Solar’s G-series, the guitar is string-through, with a tune-o-matic-style tailpiece – rather than being fitted with a vibrato or a two-piece bridge and tailpiece.
The C-shaped neck is topped with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard, and ends in a reverse 6-a-side headstock for a 24.75-inch scale-length. An intricate inlay also expands out from the 12th fret.
In terms of electronics, there’s a pair of Seymour Duncan Black Winter pickups, with separate volume knobs for each. These are push/pull for operating in series or parallel. The 3-way switch is also located on the guitar’s top horn.
Montazeri’s signature, the E1.6 Priestess, follows on from the brand’s E series. It’s notably the only entry in the series to sport a vibrato tailpiece, in the form of a dual-locking Floyd Rose 1000 with a 34mm block.
The maple through-neck joins an alder body, loaded with two Duncan Solar humbuckers – directly mounted to the raised centre of the guitar. The control layout is somewhat unique, with a master volume alongside a push-pull neck pickup volume control, as well as a master tone control The three-way toggle switch for pickup selection is located on the lower horn.
The fretboard is ebony, hosting 24 frets, split block inlays and completing a 25.5-inch scale length – the first E-type to have this scale length and two-octave fret range.
The GC1.6 Killertone lists for €1,199,00, while the E1.6 Priestess lists for €1,099. Both are available to preorder over at solar-guitars.com.
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