It has been a while... a long long while since I had a 7-string, or a longer scale at that. Out of the two, I really really missed the longer scale. 27" was a bit too much for me, but I am happy to say that 26.5" feels just damn right. She plays fantastic and I love the feel. The neck reminds me a lot of an old RG1527 I used to have, only the Solar is slightly more rounded where the 1527 was flatter-feeling. I could roll with both options as they feel equally comfortable. I was worried about the pickups. I used to have an old guitar with Duncan / Ibanez pickups that were nothing to write home about, so I was under the impression that these Duncan / Partner models are just chaff. These here... slay. They are focused, they are clear, and so honest about your playing. They have punch, but I wouldn't say they are the highest-output pickups I've played. Now, it's not a guitar I'd be playing cleans with. No matter which position I put the switch in, it produces a lot of honkyness on a clean channel. I mean, it can do for that short part of cleans you have every now and again... but this is a metal guitar, period. I was a bit worried about the color, since images on the web made it appear a bit too dull. In person, it's just the right type of red. Not too vibrant, not too subdued. Just... damn... right. Now, it did come with a couple of blemishes that I find slightly annoying. There is a spot with a few white dots embedded into the finish, which don't seem to come out: And the pickups did not have a nylon cover on them, which resulted in the metal poles starting to show wear I don't mind the latter so much since I live in a seaside town and this happens to all my guitars, sooner or later. It just would've been nice to not see it on a brand-new guitar. And that's pretty much all I have to say about it. There is music in this guitar and I'm already writing. Damn, I am already dreaming about picking up another Solar.