Can't put it down
I have been playing guitar for 40 years both pro and as a hobby. During that time have owned and played many guitars.
This guitar is just simply amazing.
. I The Intonation is true and tuning is stable (Best I have had in a Flat top).Excellent fit finish and materials, beautiful inlay work.
It is stunning to look at in an understated sort of way. I would compare it to a beauty queen going camping in jeans and a plaid shirt with no makeup. It is simply a natural beauty shining through.
It sounds like a Martin, very close to a D28HDV with a bit less volume and low end but more discrete string soundings with hard strumming. It has great pick response. It almost anticipates what you want from it and then gives it to you. I found it also works great with finger styles. The overall sound, volume, clarity, and timber blew me away. I sold my HD 35.
I use it direct for recording and I have many great mic choices but I don't use or need them. This guitar has all the sounds I need built in! The 9 different world class mic images are excellent and the bridge pickup is also great .The ability to blend the two sounds leaves one with an unlimited palate of sound choices. The compressor and anti feedback filter are great on stage and the tuner is easy to see and use.
The neck is fast and plays almost like a good electric. Great action with no buzz. Its unique neck shape allows for intricate chords high up the neck with lots of finger room.
All of the above and more.
If you buy one of these guitars, plan to keep it because you won't be able tout it down or ever give it up.
I do not work for or and not affiliated in any way with CF Martin, Sweet Water, or any of their distributers or agents. I have not taken, been offered or received any form of remuneration for this review. I feel I found a master piece and just want everyone to try one out for them and pass on the good news.