There’s a new star in my sky, a gently used Soloway Swan Electric Guitar from 2005.
What a looker! Double cutaway ash body with a tortoise-bound flamed Maple top. A long, long, long 27″ inch scale Maple neck with a Rosewood fretboard of 16″ radius. Dual Lollar humbuckers with Walnuts surrounds. Gold hardware. Hipshot tuners.
Are you kidding me, this is felony grade gorgeous and capable.
There’s a whole lot of guitar to love here—I’m especially fond of her graceful, flame-like f-hole.
Her long neck and wide radius make her a natural for soloing. But I’m not going go for the obvious “Solo way” joke because she bears the surname of her maker, Jim Soloway.
From the Soloway website, it appears she comes from Canada but that’s my educated guess. To know for sure, ask seller. The website adds that Soloway Guitars is on “indefinite hiatus” with no plans of making more guitars. That certainly ups the rarity factor.
In a time when so many instruments look the same, I love how she stretches the boundaries—longer scale, flamed top, tortoise binding. She’s a swan all right, and she rests in the soft case that comes with her.
10 folks are watching her. I may her keep her up on my screen a while myself.