I've been a casual player for about 15 years and decided it was time to upgrade. I could not be happier with this guitar. The sound is rich and full with a surprisingly powerful range of bass and treble tones. There is no sacrifice in sound quality as a result of the cut out/shape that I have found in other acoustic guitars. It's not as easy to play as, say, a Taylor, but certainly not more difficult than most other guitars I've played. The cherry burst is gorgeous.