Legendary rock icon Michael Sweet’s trademark black and yellow V guitar gets original 1980s paint job and Sweet’s preferred electronics for 2018.


NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 28, 2018 — Kicking off Summer NAMM 2018 on the right chord, Washburn today introduced a new import model of its black and yellow Michael Sweet Signature Parallaxe V electric guitar, giving metal rockers access to Sweet’s distinct sound, style, and preferred components. The new model, PXV-MS260FRK-D — offering guitarists a unique, attractive, and truly professional level instrument — is on display at Booth #1342 in Nashville’s Music City Center.

Screen Shot 2018-06-05 at 3According to Michael Sweet, “I was playing these guitars tracking for the new Stryper album, so yes, I really use my own guitars! It’s got the Seymour Duncan Design Blackouts, which are what I use, and they sound fantastic. If my name wasn’t on this guitar, I would still rave about it. It’s fantastic, and it sounds and feels and plays like a much more expensive guitar.”

Available for immediate delivery to dealers, the new model features the exact paint job Sweet played within the mid-1980s, including the yellow fretboard inlays, stripes across the black body and three 7s painted on the back. It features a redesigned mahogany body with a slightly shorter bottom edge, ebony fingerboard and maple neck, a Floyd Rose bridge with 34mm brass block and spring silencers, Duncan Designed Blackout pickups and the Buzz Feiten tuning system. The guitar is available at a MSRP of $1,783.90 (MAP $999.00).

“World-leading guitarists like Michael Sweet have an appreciation and affection for the best instruments and performance tools,” Washburn Vice President & General Manager Gil Soucy said today. “After decades of touring and recording, the Washburn Parallaxe V is forever married to Sweet’s incredible career, and the new affordably priced 2018 model lets guitarists rock to their heart’s content with a professional guitar featuring Michael Sweet’s signature colors and style.”

This is the latest addition to Washburn’s Parallaxe V line, which Michael Sweet used in 2016 for Stryper’s “To hell with the Devil” 30thanniversary tour.


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