I hear you, many times I’ve seen people complaining about a guitar were actually the issue is fault of the player or he/she was asking for too much. Or sometimes it is actually nothing.
This seems not to be the case. I’ve been putting attention to what kind of things people have been experiencing and they do seem to be real QC issues. Poorly finished nuts, bad neck joints (this one being the most common one), uneven frets, etc. All this in brand new guitars.
I do understand fret leveling can be required in many guitars but, from my experience, never on a new one at a certain price point. Heck, even my Squier came with a very clean neck and fret job, and that is a budget guitar (I know I got a good one though, not all of them come like this). The guitar did need a proper setup, but that’s easy peasy.
Only one of my guitars has need a fret leveling job, and that was after being played as my main guitar for some years.
I do understand they have warranty and you can return it. But I don’t like dealing with that hassle, and you still have to pay for the return shipping cost, which seems unfair to me if it is their fault for sending a guitar with issues. Plus, this is the kind of stuff I wouldn’t accept at this price point.
The good Solars seem to be pretty damn good guitars for the money though, so there is that.
I guess I’m a picky guy. But, for the record, I do enjoy guitars from mostly all the price points. I own Squier, Taylor, LTD, PRS, Mayones, you get the picture… So I think I just want a good return for the money I spend, specially since I’m not a wealthy guy and I need to diligently save money for buying gear. I want to squeez the most out of it.