I bought this seeking to get back into guitar after 25 years. I previously played a classical guitar but wanted to go with a steel string this time. I specifically wanted a solid mahogany top for the tone (spruce is just too bright on the treble for my taste), and I love the tone and the feel of the guitar. I will have to get used to the narrower neck and string spacing, but that is not a fault on the guitar. It stays in tune very well and plays well right out of the box. I have not used this plugged in as yet, but love having the electronics for a built-in tuner.