This is my first Martin guitar but I've played several over the years. I've always wanted one. I didn't want to shell out a ton of money right now and set a budget of $500 for a new acoustic. The expert reviews on this were very good so I started shopping and Sam Ash had the best deal for me. This is a brand new Mexican made martin, but it is still a Martin all the way... it is very well made, plays better than a lot of much more expensive guitars I've played and sounds amazing. I wanted an OM body style since I'm not a huge fan of the dreadnought bodies, and this guitar is the perfect balance of size and rich tones. For the price range I'm not sure you're going to find a better acoustic guitar on the market.