I have 3 other 12 strings. An old Gibson, a fender and a cheaper Martin. They each have their own unique sound and I would choose the one that would fit the job. I liked the sound of the cheaper Martin but playing it made me sore while the Gibson and Fender didn't. I tried this one and found that the smaller, trimmer body fit me better . My hand just naturally falls in place on the neck. The sound didn't seem to have as much bass as I was use to but I when I plugged it in to the amp I was able to adjust it to the sound I was looking for. Clear, ringing highs with a deep bass from the top strings when I wanted it. I've had it 2 weeks now and have around 30 hours play time and no soreness. I'm pleased.