My first guitar years ago was an Ovation 12 string Balladeer and have many Ovation guitars including an Adamas II. Like many, I was sad to see the production of these guitars moved to Korea, but what I have to admit is that this guitar is the best built Ovation I have ever owned. While I love my Martin dreadnoughts, the complexity of amplifying their sound can be painful. I will not tell you that this guitar sounds just as good as my Martins do unplugged, but it sounds surprisingly good even when it is not amplified. Once you plug it in, you have a class leading instrument. No other guitar in its price range can compare with the value you will find in this guitar.