My five star rating starts with Sam Ash. Nobody else had this guitar and before I placed the order they made sure the guitar was in stock for me. Delivered in a day! This was gift for my daughter and she really loves the guitar. I am a guitar player and the OMC-X1E is very light and very comfortable to play. To me the sound is well balanced and you get that Martin "fullness." No its not solid wood, but the HPL is very durable. I particularly like the neck which is made of Richlite. Nice guitar for the price. Even the soft case is high quality.