I have been playing, buying, selling and buying more guitars. This guitar, today, plays and sounds as good as any I own, including my 1958 J45, which I bought new, in 1958. I don't know how it's possible to build and sell a quality instrument for so little. So now, you can spend $3,000 for a guitar... but you don't need to. Woody Guthrie used to say, "If you're using more than 3 chords you're just showing off. I'm saying, if you are spending more than $150 for a guitar, same thing!