I reviewed many guitars over a 6 month period before I selected this model (Takemine EG536SHB). I spoke with many local performers and asked for their input, based on my type of playing and experience level. My wife has even made the comment "that guitar sounds a lot better than your old one". I do have one complaint with this guitar, I have difficulty putting it down once I start to play it. The service from Sweetwater has been great, they have been a pleasure to do business with. I couldn't be more pleased.