I could tell you the whole story of how I came to choose this guitar over the one that seemed so impressive from another company that I went with it first. But after finding factory flaws on the other guitar and playing one of these in a local shop I had a "what was I thinking?" moment. This guitar sounds unbelievably good. It's ebony fretboard and the classic way the dots are inset both on the fretboard and sides makes it easy on the eyes as well as fast for the hand to find the positions. I look at it--it's cutaway, electronics, and its sound both plugged and unplugged as the one acoustic guitar to have that does everything if $1K is your budget. Even the "bag" is not a "bag"--it's a semi hard, molded case that can be called a "bag" but actually it's so much better than any gig bag that's come with any other guitar I've owned.