I have a very long background playing wind instruments but this is my very first guitar and I'm very impressed! It plays beautifully right out of the box with a very rich, resonant tone. As a 5'2 adult woman, it's also a perfect size for me. I tried out a couple full-sized guitars in stores, but felt overwhelmed by them and also didn't want to deal with the bulk because I live in a small apartment and travel frequently. Meanwhile, the mini-sized guitars I tried out didn't sound rich enough in the bass. This was the perfect balance between playability/portability and sound.