- The technicals (mostly for the bridge pickup): Ofc, it chugs. It also sounds very clear and responsive (I'm thinking because of the Alnico V pups), the sustain is good but not amazing. I wouldn't say it's bright or warm, more like in the middle, which is great since you can EQ it however you want
- Personal opinion: I like it quite a lot. My favourite tone is the Fisman Fluence one and this is good enough that doesn't justify a replacement for me now. Ofc, I'm not saying is as good as the Fishman Fluence tone. I especially love how clear the sound is. I come from an active pickups "background" and I was blown away by the clarity. It literally allows me to play some harmonics that I was unable to before.
- Word of advice on the 7-string 26.5" neck:
I have pretty large hands so I though the extended scale and the extra string won't be a problem at all. Boy I was so wrong about that...
I see now why a lot of people say 7 strings aren't for everyone. It takes a bit to get used to it. When I grab my 6-string standard scale now it feels like a 'toy'. So keep this in mind when buying one. It will take some time to get used to and, depending on your play style, you might not like it in the end.
- How it plays: The neck is nice. No fret edges sticking out for me, no dead zone, not buzz (at 0.35mm action), good fret access in the 24th fret area. The back of the neck is perfect and I'm not overselling this. It's pitch perfect, my hands slides easily on it, has no bumps or any texture issues, and I feel in control since it doesn't slide too much to the point where you overshoot.
I like the thickness of it too. I can't stand Ibanez Wizard necks because of their thinness. This is spot on, my size. I would say is similar to my 6-string Jackson, kinda in between LTD and Ibanez.
This left an awesome impression. I was actually prepared mentally to return it in case of major issues or accept some minor issues (especially with the paint job), but I was blown away right as I pulled it out of the box. No paint issues, no buzzing, no dead zones, no rough fret edges, stays in tune great and looks better in person than in pictures. It's color is darker than it seems, really living up to the Trans Blood name. It is also pretty light due to the Swamp Ash body.
What would make it perfect:
- Strap locks. It seems silly, but I kind of expected some at this price, since those are not expensive at all. You can easily install them yourself though.
- Locking tuners. No issues with the Grover tuners so far, but I still plan on installing some locking tuners in the future.
- Hipshot bridge. No issues with their bridge so far though.
- Stainless steel frets.
As you can see, the perfect Solar guitar for me would be the A1.7 version of this without the Evertune, since I change tunnings quite frequently. I said nothing about the pickups because they are great, so great in fact that I wouldn't mind them on a more expensive guitar.
Conclusion and TL;DR: Great buy. Amazing quality control.
I'm quite astonished that a guitar like this only costs 799€ and I plan on rocking it for years to come