Solar Guitars by Ola Englund

Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by zarg, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. JimF

    JimF SS.org Regular

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    @Ola Englund Just a few questions, you don't need to answer.

    1) Is the weathered finish Evertune a permanent feature now, or just featuring on these current runs?
    2) Is the plan to keep offering small runs of new and interesting combinations of colours and specs, or would you say you'll loop back around and start doing some of the early specs & finishes again? i.e. the S1.6ETQ in gloss blue, A1.6ET in all black. Just wondering whether to keep waiting for the ultimate spec to be launched or choose one of the existing ones.
    3) Are there any plans to offer 3rd party finance options via the website? Or would we be better off buying through an agent such as Thomann?
    4) Keep it up! You are literally the only company I feel is entirely for the end user, and not the board of directors. Hero status.
     
  2. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE SS.org Regular

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  3. ghostOG

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    I have both, the special on my LTD doesn't stay in tune if I use it, the dive bar screws on and has slop, and it makes metallic twangy noises sometimes that I haven't been able to track down (I have foam behind the springs). From my understanding the design/patent is just licensed out to some sweat shop in a 3rd world country that manufactures the "copy" trem. You can have QC issues like where the bridge pivots on the studs, not being fine/sharp enough so it returns to the exact same center every time.

    On my real FR, it stays in tune better, the dive bar presses in and has no play and has a retaining screw to adjust retension, and it makes no metallic twangy noises.
     
  4. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    The FR Special is made in South Korea by Sung Il, who also makes the 1000 series FRs and tons of other hardware from Tone Pros and Wilkinson.

    The differences between the Special and 1000 are material and tolerances of certain components.

    Speaking from experience, replace the arm holder, fine tuners, and string lock bolts with Schaller equivalents (~$30 altogether) and use threadlocker on the plate/block bolts. Much, much better in feel and longevity afterwards. Beat the tar out of it and then drop in a Gotoh 1996T for $120 in a few years.
     
  5. Obsidian Soul

    Obsidian Soul SS.org Regular

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    The trem to make me hate trems;I do want to get another guitar with a trem just to dip my toes in again.
     
  6. Albake21

    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Go with an Edge from Ibanez, by far the best trems if you were turned off by the Special. If you aren't a fan of Ibanez guitars, give a normal Floyd a try. I guarantee you'll change your mind on Floyds.
     
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  7. Tisca

    Tisca Big-tube snob

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    So what's the verdict on the value of Solar guitars? Are they worth the price?
    I'd like to try Evertune so it would be a 1.0 series. Just over 1k €. What about those 600-700€ ones? Would I want to change tuners or other hardware?
    It's not like I could try before I buy but I could send it back if I choose such a dealer.
     
  8. Hollowway

    Hollowway Extended Ranger

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    Dang, no trems on that V or explorer. I want a 7 or 8 V with a Floyd.
     
  9. JimF

    JimF SS.org Regular

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    This.

    I was a hardcore trem hater after several hardtails just required less maintenence and found my collection one day was trem-less and stayed that way for numerous years. Then my first foray into a decent 7 string (after a Jackson JS32 to make sure I liked them) was an Ibanez Prestige with an Edge trem, leading to me buying a 6 string equivalent for my main guitar.
    A life changing trem :rofl:

    I've been keeping an eye on classifieds & eBay and there's very few for sale, which leads me to think that they're either surpassing people's expectations and they want to keep them, or when they do come up for sale they move very quickly.
    Either way I don't expect you to have an issue. I cant speak from experience but apparently the QC is what makes them, and they're supposed to be the best guitars out of that factory.
     
  10. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    That or a Gotoh GE1996T. It's like 3x cheaper than an aftermarket Edge, and it's made by Gotoh, who also makes the Edge.
     
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    I really want that E2.7
    I’m really liking explorer shapes as of late.
     
  12. binz

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    God damn I told myself after missing the white 2.7 last year I'd get one as soon as its back. And now it even has a maple fretboard. GOD DAMN! I hope this doesnt get sold out before my bank account fills up a little (I recently moved)
     
  13. bostjan

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    That white seven is really sharp! Especially nice for he price.
     
  14. aesthyrian

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    You forget to mention that it's also better than the Edge as it has all the best features of the Edge, but other improvements that Ibanez has failed to make in 20 years such as a usable trem arm, brass block, saddles that won't slip off while intonating, etc..

    and like you said, it's cheaper!
     
  15. Ola Englund

    Ola Englund SS.org Regular

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    Sorry man didn't see this until now, I don't understand many things in life.

    1. It's a new option so if a model calls for it, I will use more. I personally love the distressed look. It's just a matter of balancing tacky and cool.
    2. Well some models will stay forever, like a simple A2.6C . But most of the line will change here and there.
    3. This is a tough one, since we're an international company offering to sell almost all over the world, there is not a single finance option to cover all customers.
    So if we would implement one solution for one country, we would need to do the same for others etc. It's a lot of work. I just tell people to use their credit cards instead.
    4. Dude thank you so much man... <3
     
  16. T00DEEPBLUE

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    @Ola Englund You've probably already heard this from millions of people already but its 100% true. Everybody here enormously appreciates you taking the time to answer people's questions on this pokey little thread despite how crammed and unrelentingly stressful your schedule is.

    I haven't forgotten how you immediately sent me a second signed copy of Synder when there was a suspected CD mix up on the first one I received last year. I'm not quite sure how you're able to micromanage it all. But thank you so much.
     
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  17. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    I'll be fine with a natural distressed too.
     
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  18. Ola Englund

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    Thank you! Don't worry about me man, I'm trying to fix my situation. Good start is my wife is doing all the merch and orders...
     
  19. BusinessMan

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    Hey Ola, how long will the E2.7 be around? I really want but don’t see myself having the funds for one in the near future but would love one.
     

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