As a beginner classical guitar player, this was a great purchase, the fretboard is easy to play, the wood is beautiful, and playing it every day is a joy. I've bought cheap guitars before and even though I love playing, a bad instrument makes every practice a chore. The C5 makes each practice a joy, it sounds lovely and feels wonderful to play. The tone is loud and resonant, rich, and rewards careful play. I had thought of the C5 as a bridge instrument until I could afford a fancier guitar, but I think I'm going to live with this one for a long time.