I needed a low cost acoustic in a hurry. I had quickly researched this one online and was intrigued. It wasn't a requirement for my acoustic to have a built in pickup, yet this affordable model has impressive electronics added! Typically, I won't buy a guitar unless I can play it in person. Fortunately, there were a lot of these in stock at the local Sam Ash. I always rate guitars on three things: do they look good, play good and sound good? I will usually settle for two out of three, and I'm vain enough onstage to insist that a guitar must look good, I'll put up with poor sound or playability for good looks. Fortunately, this guitar looks great, plays great and sounds great! Currently I keep it by my bed, even though it's the lowest priced guitar I've ever bought brand new, and that includes online or in a shop going back to the 80s.