I am a beginner so from the outset I was looking for a guitar that would suit my needs but not be a piece of junk. While I can't compare it to say a Fender, it has served me well. It is well made, and has great sound. I called customer service prior to buying it and they could not be more helpful. It was nice to talk to an expert. I feel this guitar will last at least until I upgrade but I see no reason for that just yet. It is a beautiful great sounding guitar!