I have been playing guitar since 1963, own a 1960 Les Paul, have had my share of Fenders and some very nice acoustic and classical guitars over the years (my father, a classical percussionist, owned music stores when I was growing up.) About a year ago I began looking for a Flamenco guitar that would also be useable in other styles as I compose jazz/classical/folk/bossa/rock, etc. songs with a strong fingerpicking style, and often with rasgueado, golpe, etc. I preferred the larger fretboard of a Flamenco to a steel string size fretboard, but not as wide as that of a classical guitar. I researched a few nylon Taylors and the Martin 000C, but the nut size is basically the same as a steel string guitar, making them more of a hybrid designed for steel players than a true Flamenco guitar. Since I live and teach in Okinawa, Japan, I did not have any way to try any of the guitars out. I did loads of research and after talking 5 or 6 times with Danny at Cordoba (very patient and enthusiastic about his guitars,) decided to give this guitar a try, sight unseen. I liked that it was handmade in Spain, had solid wood top, sides and back, ebony fingerboard and a cedar neck. I have never not tried out a guitar that I purchased, didn't know what to expect. The guitar arrived within a week (hats off to Sweetwater) in a very nice HumiCase and when I opened it, I immediately smelled sweet, fresh-cut wood. I picked the guitar up and was quite surprised at how light it was. Since it is a thin-body, I expected a thinner sound. I was very wrong. The resonance is rich, full, comparable to that of a full size guitar. I was also looking for rosewood rather than cypress as I didn't want the sound to be too bright. Again, I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of sound from the Spanish cypress, comparable to some very expensive nylon guitars I've owned/played. And then I plugged it in (I also purchased the Fishman Loudbox Artist, a great amp BTW) and was also impressed with the electronics, especially the mic and the blend. This guitar is a find, a gem; it is not a typical "factory" production model, but has the look and feel of a custom made instrument. I consider it to be very well made, lots of attention to detail, and is capable of being played in a wide range of musical styles. Though I might purchase a custom Flamenco in the future, I also wouldn't hesitate to purchase another Cordoba guitar. They didn't cut any corners on this model.