Is this guitar perfect? No but none are. Is this guitar Outstanding? Absolutely. I bought this without even playing it based on so many reviews on the net singing it's praises. Boy am I glad I did. This thing is a cannon. Deep rich near booming bass without sacrificing the ethereal shimmering highs everyone loves in a 12 string. Construction Quality is top notch. Materials (tone Woods) are fantastic. Craftsmanship and attention to detail beyond expectations.
The fact that this can be had for only $350 SHIPPED completely blows me away. Throw in the Fishman tuner and electronics and I can't understand how they can even cover their material expenses. It has the most desirable features one looks for in any great acoustic but normally only finds in very high end axes. Solid spruce top, Rosewood bridge and fret board, Scalloped bracing, Mahogany neck, Nubone nut and saddle, MOP Inlay w/binding, outstanding fretwork and the list goes on... As a testament to their attention to detail the have even given the neck its own separate sanded matte finish for playing comfort and ease. At that price it is just mind boggling.
Now for what you might have a hard time wrapping your head around. This Guitar is at worst equal to and more often than not considerably better than Taylor, Martin, Gibson, Guild and Takamine. I say this without reservation as I have done side by side A/B testing. I can honestly say that there is not anything on the market under $2000 that can hold it's own with this guitar for playability, tone and quality of construction. There are even some in the $2000 + range that it puts to shame. It's no wonder that you cannot find one of these in a local store because if anyone played one and compared it, the others would never sell.
I'm not sure how long they will be making these but I will tell you this if you have ever wanted a 12 string and you don't pick one up before they are discontinued, it will be a regret you will live with for a long time.
Ask yourself, If you could go back in time and pick up a cheapo and unknown (at the time) 1956 Les Paul Special, would you? Same thing here. These will be coveted for years to come and is worthy of becoming a family heirloom. Not only will this get played and enjoyed everyone that hears it will go out of their way to ask you about it. Not sure what is going on over in this plant in China but one thing for sure they got this one right!
Do yourself a solid and buy this one. Take full advantage of the Sweetwater 30 day trial to check this out. If you don't like it send it back, but I can tell you right now it won't ever leave your collection.