I have played guitar for 20 years and played many guitars during this time. I have owned Gibson, Martin, Fender, Taylor, and played many other builders. I have sold and traded guitars over this time and I find that I am never disappointed in a Martin. I currently own this D-13E and a D-18 and there are things about this guitar that I prefer even to the D-18. The sound is well balanced with high projection that Martins are known for. The only con I can list the action is somewhat high out of the box for fast playing, however, I believe this is a Martin preference and an easy adjustment to fit your playing style. If you are looking for a more affordable Martin with a big sound, I would definitely give this one a try.