This is a solid learning instrument. The only reason it lost a star is because I had to do a fair bit of work to make it playable. There's the typical stuff you have to do to a new guitar, but this instrument's frets all had sharp edges sticking out of both sides of the neck. Since I'm not a fan of sliced up hands, I spent a good hour with a jeweler's file carefully smoothing down all of the fret edges. You have to go slowly and carefully so that you smooth down the metal, but don't damage the neck material. Otherwise, it plays nicely. No dead spots. No buzzing. Good tone up and down the neck, and across the strings. Definitely worth it!