Solar Guitars by Ola Englund

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  1. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Actually, not that much: all the nonblack/white guitars are limited runs. Ola doesn't restock all the models he had built at some point, once they're gone, they're gone.
    The blue A2.6 from your video is not available any longer for exemple.
     
  2. soul_lip_mike

    soul_lip_mike SS.org Regular

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    Kinda like Mustaine with the Jackson Y2KV
     
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  3. manu80

    manu80 Jackson for life !

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    You got the choice to release your own stuff and make money with it or stay with a dead brand, not available everywhere etc...what do you do ?
     
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    Ola Fanboy here with a stupid memory for irrelevant facts:

    Happy to be corrected, but what my brain is telling me after watching all the vids over the years, is that Washburn got new owners/management reshuffle, that didn't want to expand his line or work closely with him. Basically he wanted to expand, and they wanted to scale down his range. He started Solar guitars with his friend/business contact at Washburn who had left.
     
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    nickgray SS.org Regular

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    https://www.solar-guitars.com/shop/

    There are ~90 models currently available.

    Yes, but he just comes up with new ones, and the amount of available ones is expanding.
     
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  6. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    The latter sounds right (Solar being former Washburn guys, and even a former Washburn factory), but I don't recall the former (New management).
     
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  7. soul_lip_mike

    soul_lip_mike SS.org Regular

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    I know it seemed like every week I was getting a youtube alert that he was pushing another solar model but god damn that is kind of ridiculous. 90 different models is kind of silly, no?
     
  8. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Seems like they build those in batches. A lot of them have to be preordered. I'm guessing if they reach a certain quota, they build them and keep shipping them. But if the demand runs out, they can stop making batches of them.

    I don't know anything about Solar's sales model, just a guess. :lol:
     
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    Kind of silly, but it's nice to have variety. Ola can probably do that because manufacturing numbers aren't that big, and you can combine hardware, different shapes and finishes easily because their construction is similar to each other. Only three different neck shapes for example which vary only with scale length if you think measurements. Some models just come and go, then in some time new variations come available.
     
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    nickgray SS.org Regular

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    More is more.

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    Metal Mortician Ninja Lurker

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    ^ Except when it comes to a receding hairline.
     
  12. I play music

    I play music SS.org Regular

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    More hair is more hair.
     
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    I’m itching to see what he Ola is dropping for Halloween. Last years Halloween guitars were sick
     
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    Pretty ironic he called the Kirk Hammet inlays cringey while his is plain awful that ruins the guitars. Every guitar doesn't need Ola inlay. It already says Solar on the headstock.
     
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  15. SpaceDock

    SpaceDock Shred till your dead

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    Thank you! Ditch that inlay for some offset or a blank board at least on a few models. I mean, Ola has like 100 different models can’t he switch up the inlays opts a bit???
     
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    It makes them seem as all signature models. I don't want to play a signature model. I want a regular model. I really like some of the Solars but the inlay kills it for me.
     
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    i am really in love with the new dimeslime E, but I have never had a chance to check out the solar stuff. Does it hold up for the price point ? I had seen a couple of negative reviews on the facebook group but I always like getting input from somewhere I think might be a little more objective about the quality and finish of them.
     
  18. Vyn

    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire

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    The Solar Inlay is one of the least cringe-worthy designs to be slapped on a fretboard, and actually suits them.
     
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    At this point it’s just the company logo. People are reading way too much into it IMO.
     
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    Agreed. It's like seeing clocks or a vine on a fretboard, it's part of the brand identity. Whether or not it's aesthetically pleasing is a personal thing.
     
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