The only reason I gave this guitar a 4.5, is because I wasn't exactly blown away. Don't think that I'm trying to downgrade this guitar, because I'm not. I was just not blown away by the sound. The guitar is pretty awesome though. It's very comfortable, easy to play, it has a great sound, very beautiful, made of high quality material, yet made simple, and it looks very traditional. It is a wonderful guitar for a wonderful price. Although the fretboard isn't made of wood, it is made of a material that is very durable, and almost impossible to break. It is very solid, and makes the guitar sound very nice. Sapele, is, in my eyes, a bit different from just your everyday Mahogany. It is a lot more crisp than Mahogany, yet still has a greatly warm tone for fingerpicking and light strumming. This is such a great deal. Good luck and have fun with your new guitar!