Not only is the Solea visually unique, there is also a distinct uniqueness to its sound. Very bright and lively, it has the clear, clinical characteristics of the Hauser-style while at the same time displaying some of the warmth and richness of the Spanish instruments. There is a creamy depth to the Solea’s voice, which is very appealing, and it displays excellent separation and articulation with harmonics popping out with ease.
Although the Solea carries no onboard sound modification, and therefore no unsightly control panel, it does benefit from the remarkable ‘plug in and power’, battery free, MiSi Trio system with its preamp located within the body of the instrument just behind the end jack. This, along with an LR Baggs undersaddle pickup, gives a natural and unadulterated amplification of the Solea’s admirable acoustic qualities.
Pros: Feel; playability.
Cons: Thin tone; lack of body in the treble; expensive.
Verdict: Nice playing instrument, not the best for authentic plugged in sound.