Left Handed Solar Guitars 2021 – Perfect For Modern Metal

Left Handed Solar Guitars - Body of a lefty Solar A1.7TBR LH guitar
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Last Updated on September 2, 2021 by Chris

I first heard of Solar Guitars when I was watching Ola England‘s YouTube channel. Being a fan of his aggressive playing style as well as his humorous content, I was naturally interested when he said that he was starting his own guitar brand when it launched in 2017. Obviously, I also wanted to know if there were gonna be any left handed Solar guitars available too!

Before starting his own guitar company, Ola previously had signature guitars with Strictly 7 Guitars, and Washburn Guitars.

His Washburn Solar series looked super cool to me; sleek-looking, pointed, and large scoops in the already generously large cutaways to reach those high frets. With his guitar brand, Englund further refined those designs which we now know as the Type A. He also released various other designs under the Solar brand too.

Let’s have a look at Solar guitars…

Or go straight to the guitars.

Who Are Solar Guitars?

Ola Englund holding a Solar A1.6 Artist LTD

Solar Guitars is the guitar company of Swedish guitarist Ola Englund, best known for his YouTube channel and as lead guitarist with metal bands Feared, and The Haunted.

Over the years, his experience as both recording artist and music producer, Ola had spoken and exchanged ideas with many musicians and producers, sharing what they thought would make perfect guitars for both touring and home recording.

The first Solar guitar models were the Type A, Type S, Type V and Type E.

Type A and S are double cutaway designs, while Type E and V models are more aggressive looking and aimed at the modern metal guitarist. Englund’s intention for the brand was to design guitars that looked amazing, felt really comfortable to play and to deliver killer tone to the modern guitarist from beginners to professionals.

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Well known players of Solar guitars include Martin Larsson and Jonas Stålhammar of At The Gates, Mike Wead of King Diamond, and Marcus Siepen of Blind Guardian.

Lefty players include Aaron Pettit of Destroy Planets! and YouTuber Paul Farrer.

What Do I Think of Solar Guitars?

When I first saw a Solar guitar, it was a Type A; not sure which one it was, but I thought it was so cool with it’s matte black finish and sleek looks.

They’re aimed more at modern progressive shredder types as well as down-tuned and drop tuned metal chuggers, than other styles of music, so I don’t think they’d be everyone’s cup of tea.

I myself like this though, as these guitars look and sound thoroughly modern, thanks to their sharp angles, horn scoops and the Solar Duncan pickups, born from a collaboration between Solar Guitars and Seymour Duncan.

Also, I really love the fact that you get some pretty high quality guitars with some great features, at a very reasonable price. The Solar Guitars left handed range are priced from $699 – $1199.

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Different Types of Solar Guitars

Electric Guitars:

  • Type A – The original shape that Ola started with when he first started designing guitars.
  • Type AB – Bolt-on neck versions of the Type A series.
  • Type E – Based on the Gibson Explorer body shape.
  • Type G – Based on the Gibson Les Paul body shape.
  • Type S – Similar shape to the Type A, but with a more exclusive, elegant, and classical look.
  • Type SB – Bolt-on neck versions of the Type S series.
  • Type V – Solar Guitars’ take on the V-shape.
  • Artist Series – Guitars created in collaboration with various recording artists.

Bass Guitars:

  • Type AB Bass – Bass guitars with the Type AB body shape.

Left Handed Solar Electric Guitars

At present there are six different left handed Solar guitars, all of them electric.

A1.7TBR LH

Left Handed Solar Guitars - A1.7TBR LH with a Trans Blood Red Matte finish

Made in Indonesia

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 7
  • SCALE: 673MM (26.5″)
  • NECK: Full Access Set-Through Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • BODY: Swamp Ash
  • NECK PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with glow-in-the-dark side dots and 12th Fret Solar Logo
  • FRETBOARD RADIUS: 400mm / 15.74″
  • FRETS: 24 Super Jumbo Stainless Steel
  • NUT TYPE: Graphite
  • BRIDGE: Evertune F-Type
  • TUNERS: Solar 18:1 Locking type
  • NECK PICKUP: Duncan Solar
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duncan Solar/Bridge
  • PICKUP SWITCH: 5-way Blade
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Matte Black
  • FINISH: Trans Blood Red Matte

A1.6BOP LH

Left Handed Solar Guitars - A1.6BOP LH with a Black Open Pore finish

Made in Indonesia

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • SCALE: 648MM (25.5″)
  • NECK: Full Access Set-Through Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • BODY: Swamp Ash
  • NECK PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with glow-in-the-dark side dots and 12th Fret Solar Logo
  • FRETBOARD RADIUS: 350mm / 13.78″
  • FRETS: 24 Super Jumbo Stainless Steel
  • NUT TYPE: Graphite
  • BRIDGE: Evertune F-Type
  • TUNERS: Solar 18:1 Locking type
  • NECK PICKUP: Duncan Solar
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duncan Solar/Bridge
  • PICKUP SWITCH: 5-way Blade
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Matte Black
  • FINISH: Black Open Pore
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A2.7C LH

Left Handed Solar Guitars - A2.7C LH with a Carbon Matte finish

Made in Indonesia

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 7
  • SCALE: 673MM (26.5″)
  • NECK: Full Access Set-Through Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with 12th Fret Solar Logo
  • FRETBOARD RADIUS: 400mm / 15.74″
  • FRETS: 24 Super Jumbo Nickel
  • NUT TYPE: Graphite
  • BRIDGE: Fixed
  • TUNERS: Grover 18:1
  • NECK PICKUP: Duncan Solar
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duncan Solar/Bridge
  • PICKUP SWITCH: 5-way Blade
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Matte Black
  • FINISH: Carbon Matte

A2.6LN LH

Left Handed Solar Guitars - A2.6LN LH with a Lemon Neon finish

Made in Indonesia

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • SCALE: 648MM (25.5″)
  • NECK: Full Access Set-Through Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with 12th Fret Solar Logo
  • FRETBOARD RADIUS: 350mm / 13.78″
  • FRETS: 24 Super Jumbo Nickel
  • NUT TYPE: Graphite
  • BRIDGE: Fixed
  • TUNERS: Grover 18:1
  • NECK PICKUP: Duncan Solar
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duncan Solar/Bridge
  • PICKUP SWITCH: 5-way Blade
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Matte Black
  • FINISH: Lemon Neon

A2.6C LH

Left Handed Solar Guitars - A2.6C LH with a Carbon Matte finish

Made in Indonesia

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • SCALE: 648MM (25.5″)
  • NECK: Full Access Set-Through Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with 12th Fret Solar Logo
  • FRETBOARD RADIUS: 350mm / 13.78″
  • FRETS: 24 Super Jumbo Nickel
  • NUT TYPE: Graphite
  • BRIDGE: Fixed
  • TUNERS: Grover 18:1
  • NECK PICKUP: Duncan Solar
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duncan Solar/Bridge
  • PICKUP SWITCH: 5-way Blade
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Matte Black
  • FINISH: Carbon Matte

V2.6C LH

Left Handed Solar Guitars - V2.6C LH with a Carbon Matte finish

Made in Indonesia

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • SCALE: 648MM (25.5″)
  • NECK: Full Access Set-Through Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with 12th Fret Solar Logo
  • FRETBOARD RADIUS: 350mm / 13.78″
  • FRETS: 24 Super Jumbo Nickel
  • NUT TYPE: Graphite
  • BRIDGE: TOM with String-Thru
  • TUNERS: Solar 18:1
  • NECK PICKUP: Duncan Solar
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duncan Solar/Bridge
  • PICKUP SWITCH: 3-way Toggle
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Matte Black
  • FINISH: Carbon Matte

Left Handed Solar Bass Guitars

At present, there are no left handed Solar bass guitars available in the current range. These are only available in right handed configuration.

Final Thoughts

So in 2021, there are a total of six different Solar electric guitar models available to left handed players. Very good going really seeing as it is a relatively new and growing guitar company.

It’s fantastic that Solar guitars offer lefties the chance to own a guitar featuring the EverTune bridge. Very few guitar companies do this, although I know ESP, Schecter, Jericho, and BC Rich have made lefty guitars with an EverTune bridge.

These are mostly available in black finishes, although there is one red and a bright yellow one too! I suppose this is understandable as Solar’s target market are mainly modern metal players, who seem to prefer their guitars in matte black and little in the way of decorative inlays or shiny chrome hardware (this is, however, available to our right handed friends).

Personally I’d be more likely to go for any finish other than black; probably due to a lack of availability of other finishes for lefties from other guitar manufacturers!

Also, it’s a shame there are no Type E, G or S guitars or bass guitars available for left handers; hopefully in the future we’ll get ’em…

What do you think of these left handed Solar guitars? Let us know in the comments below.

Image credits: solar-guitars.com

Left Handed Solar Guitars 2021 – Perfect For Modern Metal

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