Shiny looks and sound
I bought this to replace my Taylor 410, which I am going to sell, I just haven't got on with that sound. I was a little apprehensive about the buying of a guitar without playing it, however, this is a very comfortable and easy guitar, and the sound shines out with a very balanced tone, and enough of the required frequencies to hear the subtle nuances of your playing.
The looks are fantastic, and the quality of construction is high, I don't like the fact that its made in china, but I'll live with that, as, I have a Takamine EAN10-12 which I love, (its made in Japan) I trust Takamine enough to have bought this blind! The pickup sound isn't as natural as my EAN10-12, it could be the pick-up, whether its different in a MIJ model, or it could be that the original Graph-ex pre amp is better, but I have a choice of alternative pre-amps to deal with that.
All in all, a lovely clear open sound, easy to play, and light to hold, I'm looking forward to breaking this guitar in, which means playing it as much as possible, after all, an instrument that inspires you to pick it up, is the best instrument.