The reason I bought this guitar was because of the reviews and the sound I heard online, the sound bites you can hear from the reviews do not do this guitar justice. It is such a mellow sounding guitar, balancing all levels well. Look wise, it is beautiful, and even though it is not a solid wood guitar the body is made up of layered Koa wood (that information comes directly from Washburn.), which keeps the price down, but honestly, it is beautiful sounding guitar, much better than my solid spruce top. As far as the feel, the neck is so soft due to the matte finish, the comfort edge just allows your arm to rest naturally against the guitar, with no irritation. I honestly would not hesitate to recommend this guitar to anyone. It was well worth the money spent.