Belated NGD: Solar Exposure

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  1. _velkan

    _velkan SS.org Regular

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    Hello guys and gals,

    Some years have passed since my last NGD thread, I kinda got away from forums since my time has become limited but I'm sure you all have been keeping this as the best guitar/music related forum on the web.

    First of all this is a belated NGD, I have it since last October lol at least gave me time to get into the guitar with live gigs and rehearsals.

    I decided to take the Solar shot since I am a fan of Ola's work and knowing that he personally checks the making of his guitars gave me total trust on this one. Could not be happier with my decision.

    Please welcome the Solar S1.6 SBM LTD!

    I placed the order on October 7th and arrived on the 12th, despite the first information that would arrive on the 11th, still a fast delivery! And from what I understand it has been consistent with other buyers, even to USA. So, props to the staff for the fast service! The guitar came packed in double cardboard, no issues whatsoever.

    As soon as I held it in my hands I felt almost instantaneously that it was indeed a quality instrument, looks way cooler in person, the matte finish its well done, for me the weight is perfect (not heavy, not super light) gave it a close check-up and could not find a single flaw!

    In all honesty, I was a little reluctant about the guitar being made in Indonesia, my experience with Indonesian guitars is not the best but the Solar really made me a believer. I had MIJ ESPs and MIJ Jacksons in the past and I can wholeheartedly say that this Solar is right up there with them. Feels like a more expensive guitar. Oh, and it was actually in tune. Zero deadspots on the fretboard.

    Neck feels very comfy and can I say...addictive? in a good way! Feels like a cross between Jackson and Ibanez necks, being a thin (but not Ibanez thin) C shape with a fixed radius. No adapting needed, felt right at home! The stainless steel frets are a nice touch, smooth and shiny.

    The balance when playing standing is good, the upper strap button placement may be odd for some but it works fine (and looks cooler).

    Duncan Solars! Quite surprised with them. They are not high output but that is not a problem, leaves room for clarity and definition when using high gain amps like myself. They are very balanced pickups, I think they are alnicos but I am not sure, anyway, they sound GOOD! And super versatile due to the split coil feature. For now I will keep them.

    The only thing that I dont know if it can be considered a Con or not are the Grover tuners. Dont take me wrong, they are good locking tuners... I just cant use my favorite string gauge set for drop C tuning. The low E tuner cant fit a 060 :( so for now I have to use a 011-056 set which is not that bad actually, I am just used to a higher string tension.

    Before the pics let me just say that I am very happy that I jumped on the Solar train, they are truly great guitars, managed by someone who actually talks to his fans and Solar players, that is honestly interested in bringing a nicely done product and surely a brand that will grow even more! And I am proud to be part of it.

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  2. gunch

    gunch chungus

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    That top is actually rad, looks like boiling flames
     
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    IbanezDaemon Raptus regaliter

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    Wow! That is a stunner!
     
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    Pure sex. Love it.
     
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    mlp187 Burrito Master Contributor

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    One of the best burl tops i’ve seen. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
     
  6. BigViolin

    BigViolin Jatoba is my jam

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    Yup, not a big fancy top guy but that is a flat out beautiful guitar. Congrats!

    ...and good to hear it's built as well as it looks.
     
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    Awesome guitar!

    It's btw good to know that the Grover looking tuners don't fit a .60 string.
    Had that problem with lot's of my .62 strings already, and was actually thinking about buying Grovers for one of my guitars.
     
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    HNGD! looks awesome!
     
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    If only the pole holes were centered I could sand them out a little inside (like I did with Sperzel before) and fix this but they are not and doing such thing would probably compromise the stability... but I already ordered a nice set of good ol' Gotoh locking machines, another Solar player installed them and they fit perfectly :fever:
     
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    That is just beautiful. I will have a Solar one day.
     
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    I say... do it :)
     
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    Looks like Ola got some decent tops on these - congrats!
     
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    Nice! Welcome to the burl club!
     
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  14. GatherTheArsenal

    GatherTheArsenal SF2 > Everything

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    Man that sunburst reverse headstock is a looker! :agreed:HNGD!

    Recently subscribed to Ola's channel, these guitars are slowly growing on me. How much did it run you w/ shipping if you don't mind me asking?
     
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    No prob! With shipping it was 1.017,15€
     
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    HNGD!!! That is a gorgeous guitar!
     
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  18. Tisca

    Tisca Big-tube snob

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    Always wanted to try one. I have no idea what to expect quality wise since I've seen Indonesian guitars of very poor and very nice quality.
    You need to drill that tuner, same with Spertzels.
    The (bridge) pickups are supposed to be like SD custom 5. Ola's fav.

    So do you feel the value is good? price/quality
     
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    Quality wise, expect goodness all around :)

    I cant drill the locking hole since its not centered and by doing that I would compromise the integrity of the material and risk break the tuner... My guitar tech also advised me against doing that :/

    Anyway, new tuners on the way!

    The value is excellent for me, worth every penny!
     
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    This thread made me go back and check out that green one. Whew buddy. These are nice.
     

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