I have owned several Taylor guitars, each with different woods, body shapes, etc. Currently I have a K22e, which is the smaller body shape and I was looking for something louder. This guitar fits the bill. The dreadnought shape is inherently louder and the wood pairings create an amazingly clear, bell-like sound. This guitar is perfect for strumming and flat-picking, but sounds amazing when finger-picking. I plugged it into my Marshal ASD-50 acoustic amp and the built-in expression system sounded great. The fit and finish are excellent, as to be expected of a Taylor. I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a bigger, more traditional body shape.