So I've been wanting to try a Solar for a while and finally talked myself into trying one after hearing all the good things about them. I want to try to be as informative as possible with this NGD thread to help others who were curious about these guitars. So last Tuesday after deciding to get one (before I had ordered it) I was doing research because I was concerned about importing it and having to deal with customs and import tax. I called UPS international (who Solar uses) and they said anything under $800 there's no import tax or fees, and since after shipping it came to $784 I was in the clear. I pressed the order button and 6 days later it's here. So anyone concerned about it being held up with customs mine wasn't and I know someone else whose Solars weren't either so you should be okay there. The guitar arrived in perfect condition, I couldn't find a blemish anywhere on the finish and the satin coat they used feels very good. This feels like a very high quality instrument straight out of the box. The guitar came double boxed and inside a soft case, which also feels very high quality (as far as I know only the Vs come in the soft cases). The fretwork is outstanding, not a single dead spot and buffed to a mirror finish. I was actually very surprised by this, the frets feel equal to my ESPs, there's no friction on them at all. Now the neck profile is interesting, I had heard Ola modeled it after a Wizard profile with a more rounded back and very slightly thicker which is exactly what it feels like. Very comfortable, in terms of playability I may actually prefer it to my ESP MK1. The guitar came stock with Grover mini Rotomatic tuners which I was skeptical of at first but they hold tune great and feel very smooth. So after I restrung it with heavier strings (comes stock with 9s) I played it for a bit and I can't decide if I like the pickups or not. These are the "Duncan Solar" pickups, pretty much Duncan Designed pickups made to Ola's specs. They're very clear and have a super tight low end, but they're lower output than I was expecting. Once I dialed in my Engl to a better tone I did start to enjoy them, but in the future I may throw in something else. All in all this is an amazing guitar that feels great and is an absolute joy to play. I would absolutely say this could hold it's own against any Japanese or American guitar, and I'm almost mad at myself for spending twice the price of this on an ESP last month. It's still a great guitar, but man does this Solar feel great! I'll attach some pictures in the next post down, including profiles of this neck compared to a few others.