Washburn Michael Sweet Stryper Parallaxe-V

When Washburn announced the Michael Sweet signature Parallaxe-V at the start of the year, it was only available as a Custom Shop model. But at Summer NAMM 2018, the brand unveiled a more affordable alternative to the Stryper frontman’s guitar: the PXV-MS260FRK-D. Chew on that name.

Michael Sweet Signature Made-In-USA Parallaxe V

This Parallaxe-V model retains the Flying V shape and Christian metal band’s classic bumblebee colorway, but swaps the pickups from Fishman Fluence humbuckers to a pair of Duncan Designed Blackouts. These new active humbuckers are hot as hell, and, per Sweet’s preference, are installed in a reverse configuration: the bridge humbucker in the neck position, and vice versa.

A few other details have also been tweaked. Where the Custom Shop model had the black-and-yellow paint job running all over the back of the guitar’s body and neck, this Parallaxe-V doesn’t. Instead, the back’s entirely painted black, with the “777” symbol—probably a spoof of the number of the beast—emblazoned on the tremolo cover.

Washburn Michael Sweet Parallaxe-V

Besides those, this Parallaxe-V is pretty much identical to its predecessor, specs-wise at least. It has a mahogany body, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 24 jumbo frets and an Original Floyd Rose system.

The PXV-MS260FRK-D retails for $999. For more info, check out washburn.com.