I've been a pro musician (touring, clubs and studio) for more years than I care to admit and have owned MANY acoustic guitars including several Martins, and I must say, this particular D-41 is among the best of any acoustic I've played. I play all Irish/Celtic in DADGAD tuning and what I love about this guitar is the tremendous balance without that booming Martin bass that can drive sound men nuts. It still has a nice, strong bass, but more in balance with the rest of the strings. Volume is excellent, and the best way I can describe the overall tonal personality is solid with beautiful projection, depth, clarity and focus on every note from the first fret to the last. It's quite amazing. I do alot of capoing all the way up to the 10th fret and the beautiful tonal quality remains the same no matter where the capo sits. This guitar rings like a clear bell with amazing volume when playing with the capo on fret 10. And it's one of the most accurate guitars I've owned in terms of using a capo up the neck. The icing on the cake is the striking beauty of the D-41. The only thing I'd prefer is the snowflake inlays on the neck, as with the D-41 Special instead of the hexagons. I like using phosphor bronze strings, but with the bone saddle that comes with the D-41, the sound was a bit bright. So I installed a micarta saddle which toned down that brightness just enough. I'm now using Martin Light-Mediums and they're perfect for DADGAD. One of the main reasons I decided to buy this particular guitar is if it sounds this good new, it'll sound amazing as it continues to break in. The D-41 is truly remarkable in every way...at least this one.