This guitar sounds and plays like a classical guitar should. I shopped various Yamaha and other units locally, but they just didn't seem right. This may not be the prettiest unit, but intonation is correct all the way up, tonality is great, and the Open Pore design is easy to clean (just a damp cloth, according to the Alhambra factory). For the money, this is a great in-house guitar. Only the most picky owner would complain about lack of binding and lack of shine. In a few years, the tone will improve. I did have to add dots because I need the crutch.