Solar Guitars unveils the T1.6, a pointy, metal-focused T-type

Not exactly a country-style Tele.

Solar Guitars has launched T1.6, a new electric guitar that builds on the T-type platform for a more aggressive look and sound.

The guitar comes in either matte black, open-pore black or aged natural, with the latter featuring distressed hardware. The aged natural and matte black models come with an Evertune hardtail bridge, while the open-pore black guitar is fitted with a Floyd Rose locking vibrato.

Construction consists of an alder body with a set-through thin maple neck with an all-access heel, giving easy reach to all 24 super jumbo frets. Set in the neck is a graphite nut, which completes a 25.5-inch scale length. The tuning machines are Solar-branded 18:1 locking tuners.

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The body also features a dramatic forearm carve, contrasting the 90-degree bevel that many more traditional T-types come with. The neck is also inlaid with Luminlay side dots, which glow in the dark for easy identification on a dark stage.

Electronics are open-coil, all-black Duncan Solar Humbuckers, selected and controlled via a five-way blade switch, master volume and master tone. Solar hasn’t provided exact details about the workings of the selector switch, but given it is five-way not three-way, it’s possible that players will be able to engage inner and outer coils as well as each pickup individually.

Take a look at Solar Guitar’s Ola Englund demoing the guitar in the video below.

The Evertune-fitted matte black model lists for $1,099, the similar aged natural model for $1,199, and the Floyd-rose-fitted open-pore black guitar for $1,049. Find out more at solar-guitars.com.

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