Easily Worth Twice as Much!
I bought this as I always wanted a smaller bodied "orchestra" type guitar. I looked at Taylors, older (US made) Guilds, etc. I currently have a Guild DV-52 and a Guild D-40, but again, I wanted a smaller bodied guitar to play also.
I hesitated due to the laminated neck, but after reading a lot of reviews on it's merits, I took the plunge and bought this really dynamite axe.
It's tone is absolutely stunning (for true finger picking). It is made in Nazareth, PA; it's all solid wood (with the exception of the laminated neck), and it has a lifetime Martin warranty, all for under $ 1,000!! Oh, it also includes a nice (not great) Martin case as well.
After all my concerns about the neck, it is a real joy to play. The neck is perfect, smooth, and fits my hand better than a custom made glove. The finish on the guitar is minimal, and there is no bling. It is a true musical instrument.
I don't know where you can buy a US made, lifetime warrented, solid wood 6 string acoustic guitar for under $ 1,000 (even older Guilds are getting well above that on the used market).
This is a finger picking guitar and not a strummer. It is for people that enjoy playing a well built, great sounding, easy playing guitar. The neck is maybe a 1/4" wider than my Guild, and that's OK, as it is easier for finger picking.
Tone is really quite good considering the price point. It is somewhat muted (due to the smaller body) but it's response is quite good over the entire sound spectrum. It's not as loud or as "ringy" as the larger bodied dreadnoughts, but it is very very nice for the orchestra or parlor style guitar.
This guitar is very sensitive to the type of string that is used, you just have to find what works the best for you. I've settled on Martin SP extra lights, but that's just my choice.
If I were to describe this guitar in as few sentences as possible, I would call this a well honed tool, and not a flashy, showy, axe. If you are even considering this guitar, buy it, you will never, ever be disappointed. I actually play this more at home than my DV-52 of D-40 Guilds.