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. PICS!