I bought this guitar as a Christmas gift for my college aged son. He is a beginner and had been teaching himself guitar on an old Yamaha electric we had lying around the house. I don't know a ton about guitars so I called a good friend of mine who owns a guitar shop on the other side of the country. I told him what I wanted to spend and this is the guitar he recommended. He also recommended that I buy it from Sweetwater. The online purchase was easy. The guitar arrived quickly and safely. I was very impressed with the guitar. It looks and sounds beautiful and seems to be extremely well made.