Washburn Announces Ola Englund Signature Series

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Ola Englund is a dangerous man in the hands of a capable axe. And by teaming up with Washburn he has focused his sights on creating a guitar that can satisfy the needs of many metal guitarists. This guy knows gear too, Ola has reviewed hundreds of instruments, amps and pedals on his immense YouTube channel. His guitars page shows over 50 guitars that have been among his possession and from quite a few different manufacturers. When Washburn Guitars set themselves on building a new series of guitars that would have everything hard rock and metal players need, it certainly made sense that they turned to Ola. The series consists of 6 and 7 string, 25.5” scale guitars offering standard Parallaxe features with the addition of EverTune or Hipshot/style bridges. The Parallaxe Solar Series will consist of 5 USA custom made models and 4 Indonesian made models covering all relevant price points from a street price of $599.00 to $3,299.00 depending on your weapon of choice. Here’s a newly released video showcasing one of these such instruments.

As to the process of developing his own line of signature series guitars Ola writes:

“The process was awesome, Washburn basically gave me free hands with every spec. I have received 1 US-prototype and 4 import prototypes. There is a US 7-string prototype over in the US that I’m picking up at NAMM. While the US-guitar is perfection, I’m really impressed with the quality of the import guitars.”

Why did you decide to go with the SH-14 Custom 5?

“Reason I went with the Alnico SH14 is because it just suits my playing a lot more. It’s more dynamic than the distortion but still has a gnarly midrange which is perfect for rhythm and leads. The Duncan Designed pickups that are on the lower end models are based off the DD and they sound awesome.”

PX-SOLAR6DLX (6 string), PX-SOLAR7DLX (7 string)

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Made in the Washburn USA Custom Shop, 25.5” scale, alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard, Grover locking tuners, Seymour Duncan 59’ SH1N / Custom 5 SH14B pickups, EverTune bridge, available in carbon black matte (C).

PX-SOLAR6 (6 string) and PX-SOLAR7 (7 string)

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Made in the Washburn USA Custom Shop, 25.5” scale, alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard, Grover locking tuners, Seymour Duncan 59’ SH1N / Custom 5 SH14B pickups, Hipshot bridge, available in carbon black matte (C) or white matte (WHM) finish.

PX-SOLAR6ET (6 string)

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Made in the Washburn USA Custom Shop, 25.5” scale, alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard, Grover locking tuners, Seymour Duncan 59’ SH1N / Custom 5 SH14B pickups, EverTune bridge, soft “V” neck, available in pearl white matte (PWHM).

PX-SOLAR16ET (6 string) and PX-SOLAR17ET (7 string)

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25.5” scale, alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard, Grover locking tuners, Seymour Duncan 59’ SH1N / Custom 5 SH14B pickups, EverTune bridge, available in carbon black matte (C) .

PX-SOLAR160 (6 string) / PX-SOLAR170 (7 string)

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25.5” scale, alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard, Grover tuners, Duncan Designed HB101N / HB103B pickups, fixed bridge, PX-Solar160 available in carbon black matte (C) or white matte (WHM) finish.

The USA guitars can be ordered now. The Indonesian guitars will be available after April 2014. If you want to get one email: sales.support@usmusiccorp.com

For more information on Ola Englund, visit http://www.olaenglund.com

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  • Miles Jones

    i love ola