Ron from Connecticut I wrote an earlier review, prior to modifying this archtop instrument. This review follows the refinments by my friend and luthier. I took a chance buying this guitar---it is not readily available to try out---I finally found it hanging on the wall at Sam Ash, New Haven, CT. It is built solidly, with some new woods (linden, Lilac, Naytoh) and is conviently small. I want to set it up as a comfortable guitar for solo performance. We refined the condition of the frets, rewired the neck pickup (Kent Armstrong did this himself!), put on a heavier set of strings, changed the pickup rings from cream to black, and adjusted the overall set up. I'm using the guitar exclusively these days. The improvements have paid off in much improved sound (via any of my great amps) easier playability and stability. I've put approximately $150. into a guitar that costs $449., but it is worth it. My only concern is that, over time, the Nyatoh one-piece neck may not stay true; right now it's fine---I prefer a three-piece neck.