Ive been looking for an archtop that I could afford, that had the tone I wanted. This was it. It plays like a dream and sounds even better. I've had this guitar for about 2 weeks now, and can not find anything negative to say about it. Seems to be set up just the way I like it. It's hard to find this kind of build quality at this price point. Don't expect This guitar to sound like any flat top you've played. If you want a guitar that will cut through the mix or give you a distinctive sound when playing solo, this is it! To my ear this guitar is both punchier and more balanced than most. I play finger style and find I need to play a little more gently than I do on my flat tops. The one thing I found most remarkable about this guitar is it sound almost the same played acoustic or amplified, as long as it's plugged into a quality amp. The under saddle pickup in the floating bridge is almost as good as a quality microphone. It does little to color the sound produced by the spruce top. I use a Fishman SA 220 or a Fender Acoustasonic SFX. The Fishman handles this guitar great, the Fender takes a little more care tuning it to prevent feedback. Just for a little fun, I tried playing through a Fender Hot Rod Deville. I took a bit of tweeking to keep this electric guitar amp from feeding back. Once I got it dialed in I was suprised how well this guitar could drive the tubes in this amp.