ola englund

Ola Englund’s merry band of guitar builders serve up an affordable shred gem.

A killer, ultra-playable guitar with top components at a nice price.

The EverTune bridge and Fluence Modern pickups are very niche-specific components that could turn some players off.


Solar GC1.6AFAB


Ola Englund, YouTube sensation and guitarist for the Haunted and Feared, started Solar Guitars, his own line of high-quality instruments, in 2017. The company is based in Sant Gregori, Spain, and their guitars are made in Indonesia. But as the marvelously decked-out GC1.6AFAB reviewed here reveals, this collaborative formula is yielding killer results at relatively affordable prices.

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The dual-channel TH100 is a lesson in brutal simplicity that hearkens back to Orange’s golden era of no-nonsense designs with immense power.


Tubes: Four EL84 power tubes, four ECC83 preamp tubes
Output: Class AB switchable between 100, 70, 50, and 35 watts at 8 or 16 Ω
Channels: Dirty and clean
Controls: Volume, shape, and gain for dirty channel; treble, bass, and volume for clean channel; full/half output power switch, 4/2 output tube switch
Additional Features: Tube FX loop, footswitch jack (footswitch not included)

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The Diezel D-Moll is a 100-watt powerhouse that delivers crystal clean tones and smoldering overdrive from six ECC83 preamp tubes and a quartet of KT77 power tubes.


Tubes: Four KT77 power tubes, six 12AX7 preamp tubes
100 watts at 4, 8, or 16 Ω
Clean, OD1, OD2
Master presence, deep, mid-cut intensity and level, and two master volumes; independent gain and volume on each channel, shared 3-band EQ for channels 2 and 3, independent 3-band EQ for channel 1
Additional Features:
Switchable series and parallel FX loop with parallel Return Level control, compensated recording out, MIDI switching, 7-button footswitch

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