This is the Martin my husband fell in love with, the one whose sound, feel, and look caught his attention immediately. It is a beautiful guitar he will play for years to come with satisfaction. One can read the professional reviews online (or better yet, try it out in the store) for more nuanced analysis of the 00L-17. ; this review is more about my Sam Ash shopping experience. The sales person I chatted with online was very helpful and answered my questions for me. Though the price was a factor, it is just so nice to have good customer service.