The guitar is a very fine instrument well crafted using very high quality wood. The tone is like none I have heard very bright and natural. Just as Martin guitars have their own sound so does this Taylor. For me the Taylor neck fits my hand better than any I have played. I have trouble with my hand cramping but not with the Taylor's I own. The pickup system is much improved from the older models of Taylor guitars. It captures the bright and warm sound this guitar produces. I would highly recommend the Taylor 714CE V-class guitar. The only negative thing I can find is the hardshell case. The snaps Taylor used the keep the case closed could scratch the top of the guitar when removing it or putting it back in the case. The top does not open all the way and the buckles stick down below the side of the top.