Impossibly good tone!!
Okay, so I don't own this. I probably won't for some time as it's not in the budget. BUT. I played one of these at my local music store and I can say with 100% confidence that this is the fullest sounding acoustic guitar I have EVER played. The salesman put it in my hands, and said something along the lines of "This guitar is made of carbon fiber, so you're thinking it's probably going to sound really thin, right?" I laughed and scoffed at the price tag, thinking there was no way it could beat the Gibson and Guild acoustics behind the "premium counter." I strummed a G chord and almost fell out of my chair. This guitar is so warm, so full, so breathtakingly gorgeous sounding! It may not fit your preconceived notion of what a high-end acoustic should look like, but depending on what you like out of a guitar, this will blow any Martin or Taylor I've ever laid my hands on out of the water!
Speaking of water, have you heard how durable these are? At NAMM a few years ago, the company that makes these put one of their guitars (not sure if it was a dreadnought or their more compact model, but I think the end result would be the same) in a big tank of water, Houdini-style. At the end of NAMM, they retrieved it from the tank, dumped the water out of the acoustic chamber, and it played IN TUNE!!! These are guitars that are built to withstand the rigors of the road life! If you're like me and baby every piece of gear you get, this will last forever. If you bounce your road gear around like a beach ball, this will still probably last forever! Seriously, buy this guitar sight unseen! Once you get the action how you like it, you can leave it in your car, strap it to the roof of your tour bus, or let your eight-year-old niece drag it behind her to your next gig, and it will still sound amazing! I am beyond sold on this guitar! I just crossed off "Martin Fund" from my piggy bank and wrote this in instead!
Oh, one more thing: these sound great plugged in too, but if you are okay with going this route, opt out of the model with electronics (I know, that's the one I'm reviewing). Take the cost savings and put it towards a condenser mic you like, and stick that in front of this if at all possible. In my short experience, even the wonderful electronics in this instrument don't quite do justice to its true capability.
Hope this review helped! When I have saved enough to get one of these, I will absolutely be back with another review!