Solstice Guitars

 

A new line of masterpieces by luthier Ryan R. Elewaut...

Solstice Guitars represents the culmination of a career dedicated to guitar luthiery.

Every guitar we create is customized for you. Each model has specific variations and options that will fit various players. We believe that strategic and intentional variation is the key to creating instruments that are perfect for different individuals. Solstice features a blend of modern and traditional design work and construction methods. Our approach is based on this intersection of tradition and technology. We focus on tone & proper playability, and we only employ the highest level of craftsmanship and quality.
 
 

MODELS

Transit

The design options available traverse an array of guitar styles, yielding nearly endless possibilities in tone and purpose. The Transit model is fully modular, available in four different colors, four different bridge types, various spec options such as nut width and fingerboard radius, along with two different neck and fingerboard choices. You can have this guitar designed S-style or T-style, chambered or solid-body. The fully chambered body gives added resonance and unique voicing to the pickups. A modern 2-way adjustable truss rod is reinforced with twin graphite rods under the fingerboard. The stock pickup set gives the Transit many tones, featuring the unique Duncan P-Rail, with a 3-voice mini switch; this combined with a Phat Cat single coil in the neck position.

 

Parallax model

The Parallax has been designed as a neck-through electric baritone guitar, or a short-scale 5-string bass, depending on final specs. A subtle multi-scale spread adds to comfort, ease of reach, and intonation. The vertical neck laminate is a 5 piece combination of alternating mahogany, maple and walnut. The body is capped with either figured walnut or figured maple, and all maple top models are offered with a choice of four deep stain color options.

 

Ecliptic

The Ecliptic is a big instrument for a small guitar. While it measures close to a OO size, it looks and feels like a parlor or single-O guitar. It is made to be a finger-style players dream. All Solstice acoustic models are offered with standard or upgraded exotic wood choices.  Every top is braced with a unique “Compound Parabolic” bracing pattern, developed by the head luthier and owner, Ryan R. Elewaut. During construction, all tops are individually voiced & tap-tuned, creating the best potential tone from each cut of wood. Hot hide glue is used exclusively for the bracing and the bridge joint. Nut width choices and other options are available.

 

Precession

All Solstice acoustics are constructed with traditional hot hide glue for the bracing and bridge joint. This glue dries harder and more like glass, giving better tonal transfer through the tone generating components of the body. Evey body is also designed with our symmetrical A-frame upper bracing system, adding a significant amount structural resistance to the forces that deform a guitar over time. All models are available with the Carve-Away™ body style, and an added K&K Trinity pickup system upon request. The Precession is a big-body modified dreadnought powerhouse of a guitar. The extra depth at the tail gives this guitar a huge sound for flat-picking & strumming alike. The slope-shoulder design keeps it from feeling too cumbersome.

 

 

Each model has a limited production capacity. Reserve your spot on the Solstice build schedule now!

NOTE: only taking orders for TRANSIT and ECLIPTIC models at this time.

 

 


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