Washburn Parallaxe Ola Englund Solar 17ETC - Carbon Black

7-string Solidbody Electric Guitar, Signature, with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, EverTune Bridge, and Buzz Feiten Tuning System - Carbon Black
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A Signature 7-string Metal Machine

Designed by a metal legend, the Washburn Parallaxe PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund Solar signature 7-string guitar isn't some guitar tweaked for metal, it is metal incarnate. Washburn gave Ola Englund (The Haunted, Feared, former Six Feet Under) the freedom to design the guitar of his dreams, and the PX-Solar series is that dream come true. Toneful Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, and EverTune bridge, full-access neck joints, solid tonewoods, and perfected playability combine to give you an amazing metal machine. The future of metal is here and it is the Washburn Parallaxe PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund Solar signature 7-string guitar.

Washburn Parallaxe PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund Solar Signature 7-string Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • A guitar designed for the metal world
  • Unmatched tuning and stability
  • Better intonation with the Buzz Feiten Tuning System
A guitar designed for the metal world

Every inch of the Washburn PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund signature 7-string guitar was designed to rain down metal mayhem on the masses. From the alder body to the blazing-fast maple neck and smooth 24-fret ebony fretboard, you know this is one serious 7-string guitar. Seymour Duncan Solar humbucking pickups deliver hot output and in-your-face tone. Just one glance at this sleek Solar body with its extreme cutaways and pointed headstock, and you know it's ready to rock. Sweetwater knows that today's metal guitar players have specific features they look for in an instrument, and we're confident that the Washburn Parallaxe PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund Solar signature 7-string guitar fits the bill.

Unmatched tuning and stability

Washburn and Ola Englund loaded the PX-SOLAR17DLXC with an EverTune bridge. The all-mechanical EverTune bridge system helps you stay in tune longer under any playing situation. mall springs keep constant tension on your strings, giving you long-lasting tuning stability and incredibly accurate intonation, too. You can even adjust it to control how much your pitch changes when you bend a string. Even if you're playing a long gig or recording session, your tuning will be more stable regardless of your playing style, tuning choice, temperature, or other variables. Combine this with Buzz Feiten tuning and you'll never go back to a normal guitar again. The Washburn Parallaxe PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund Solar signature 7-string guitar is optimized to give you the best playing experience possible!

Better intonation with the Buzz Feiten Tuning System

Hey, the Western tuning formula isn't perfect - that's why Washburn equipped the Parallaxe PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund signature 7-string with the Buzz Feiten Tuning System. This compensated nut and saddle system corrects the inherent intonation problems any musician faces when using standard and drop tunings. The result? More precise, stable tuning across every single note on your fretboard. Fans of the Buzz Feiten Tuning System include Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Andy Summers, and we're sure you'll love it too.

Washburn Parallaxe PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund Solar Signature 7-string Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • A signature 7-string guitar from metal-legend Ola Englund (The Haunted, Feared, former Six Feet Under, etc..)
  • Radical alder body shape and sleek look
  • Loaded with an EverTune Bridge for spot-on intonation
  • Ola Englund inlay at the 12th fret
  • Seymour Duncan Solar humbuckers deliver wide-ranging tone
  • Thin maple neck with an ebony fretboard that sports 24 jumbo frets
  • Fixed bridge and Grover tuners give you excellent tuning stability
  • Ultra-accurate tuning and intonation thanks to the Buzz Feiten tuning system
Get a metal guitar designed by a metal legend with the Washburn Parallaxe PX-SOLAR17DLXC Ola Englund Solar Signature 7-string guitar!

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Additional Media

Electric Guitar Buying Guide
Washburn Parallaxe Ola Englund Solar 16DLXC Demo
Interview with Ola Englund - Sweetwater Guitars and Gear, Vol. 89
Ola Englund Visits Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Parallaxe
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 7
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Matte
Color Black
Neck Material Maple, Set Neck
Radius 16"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Ola Englund 12th fret inlay
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.89"
Nut Material Graphite
Bridge/Tailpiece EverTune Bridge
Tuners Black Grover 18:1
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Seymour Duncan Solar Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan Solar Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 5-way blade pickup switch
Strings D'Addario EXL 120 lights
Manufacturer Part Number PX-SOLAR17ETC

Customer Reviews

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Washburn is back

I have been a fan of Washburn before, then they kind of slowed down for along time with building such high quality guitars... Well with some help from Ola Englund, the Dream of owning a high quality guitar that is built like a tank.. Washburn has really stepped up and made guitars that people dream about...This guitar has a great feel and balance to it. The evertune bridge keeps you locked intune and the sonar pickups sing with the richest of harmonics... Get yours today and explore for yourself
Music background: I have been into music for 40 years now

Mmmmm yes.

I was playing a schecter damien platinum 8 string with active emg808s. For being an active pick up I was not very impressed with the sound. Almost too digital. I figured this out one day when I decided to pick up a Gibson at the local guitar store and plugged into a very nice tube amp. Immediately noticed I was getting these lovely tones that my schecter lacked pretty greatly. This led me to believe I needed to try different pick ups, preferably passive since the Gibson was so much closer to the sound I wanted. Buuuut, I wanted 24 frets and at least a 7 string. Did some very extensive research and tons of comparing and decided to trust in the crazy talented swedish dude on you tube. (Ola Englund) Received this washburn a day before writing this review.... That's how quickly I fell in love with it. The ever tune bridge is absolutely awesome. Had no trouble what so ever acclimating my self to it. The awesome people at Sweetwater even tuned, intonated, and set the bridge at the sweet spot for bends. I tuned the 7th string down to A, checked intonation and didn't even need any other adjustments. Took a total of barely five minutes to thoroughly check their already perfect work and tune to my favorite tuning, drop A.

Washburn Seriously Upped Their Game

While I've heard that the guitars manufactured in Washburn's original Indonesian factory are somewhat lacking in terms of build quality, this model, which is produced at their new Indonesian site, is an absolutely stunning instrument. Shredding on this masterly crafted beast feels as good as the design looks.Fretwork, coating, joint - all top notch.The neck is pleasantly flat (not Ibanez levels of flat though) and a blast to play thanks to the satin finish and the smooth ebony fretboard.Once set up, the Evertune bridge makes recording sessions practically hassle-free. "Notes dying out quickly" like mentioned in another review is not something I can confirm.The standard scale goes surprisingly well with seven strings and lends itself to faster styles of play.However, the guitar is not without its flaws. For example, a very faint crackle produced by the pots tells me that the wiring could be better, but that's a minor, easily fixable issue.Then there's the old locking nuts problem with thicker string gauges: anything upwards of 60 won't fit unless you cut off some of the wound wire.The bridge cover is not recessed (as opposed to the pot cover), which might be a direct result of fitting the Evertune into a comparably slim body.Lastly, the stock pickups (Seymour Duncan Solar, a modified version of the Duncan Custom 5, which has an Alnico 5 in the bridge pup) sound a little mushy for my taste when palm muting. Other than that, they sound clear and aggressive, and this is a pretty subjective matter anyways.Except for the suboptimal grounding, one can't really blame Washburn or their Indonesian staff for these issues and they're not exclusive matters either, so I'd say they're rather neglectable - especially when compared to other Indonesia-based guitars put out by other companies.One thing Washburn should definitely consider, though, is to offer a matching hardshell case. You'll have a hard time finding one that actually takes the Solar's huge headstock while also being suitable for standard scale necks. And once you've found one (like the Gator GC-Elec-XL ABS), you'll realize that the guitar does not fit snugly and moves around unless you add additional padding. Also be advised that, since the headstock is unconventionally long and angled, the case can easily build pressure on the headstock.
Music background: Professional producer & bedroom enthusiast

Elegant guitar

Its amazing, feels And plays very great, the evertune is al litle tricky but is great to have, i recommend this guitar to any one, but you need tu by carefull whit the case you need to try in alot of cases until you fine the one.
Music background: Pro musician

Where have you been all my life?

I just picked this up and I'm kicking myself for not doing it earlier. The guitar handles beautifully, the neck is fast, and the pickups are much better than I expected. The star of this show however is the Evertune bridge. Evertune is the most significant innovation in electric guitars since the introduction of the Floyd Rose trem. I will never record with a non-Evertune equipped guitar again. I only have one small issue. The tone knob doesn't make any changes to the tone until you get 95% rolled down. Then it does it all at once. It's probably a bad pot or wire job, but it's worth knocking half a star off. Regardless, I love this thing and I will be purchasing the 6-string version soon.
Music background: 30 years of face-melting METAL!!!
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