I am in the entertainment industry and in the past 7 years have owned between 20-30 guitars ranging from $350-$4000. This thing is amazing! The sound is exemplary for this price range and even for that of an instrument in the $1000 range would be considered a great value! The shape and size make it extremely comfortable and playable for anyone who is of smaller stature or like myself, have problems with my left wrist due to previous fractures. But as a whole, all I can say is, "Take away all my instruments and allow me $5000 to purchase any guitar on the market, and I'd buy this one again... Without question!" It's super lightweight even in the case, which is a really good quality, padded gig bag. I was showing it off to a friend yesterday and demonstrated how easily I can get it out of my truck and carry it inside with only one finger (no exaggeration at all... ONE FINGER). Plus the cutaway design gives it all the allure to them that play the upper frets and/or just like the aesthetics of it. To the Guild corporation, all I can add as constructive criticism is, invest in Grover open-back tuners. This is the only area for any need of improvement at all. The current, genetic tuners work and hold a tune well but are not very responsive (equally to one another) when actually tuning the guitar. The Grover Butterbean tuners wouldn't add but about $50 to the list price of the guitar and players would appreciate that. That being said, that's Guild's responsibility... Not Sam Ash's! My purchase experience (having bought many items from them in years past) has always been awesome and they consistently follow up with me to get honest feedback after the point of sale. 5 stars all the way for this instrument AND the retailer who sold it to me. Highly recommend both the guitar and the seller!
Kill Devil Hills, NC