I have been playing guitar for several years but only played electric for the last year or so. Out of the guitars I have tried this one is probably one of the better entry level guitars. The sound is slightly thinner than the American made guitars but not too noticeable. The action was slightly high at the nut but not terrible. My biggest complaint would be the tuners. They have a very low gear ratio which makes it much harder to dial in your tuning. However, I really do like the tone and it is a great alternative to my Les Paul. The neck is comfortable and what some would call a "fast" neck and overall with a few small tweaks and changes it will be a great guitar.