I own several different "nicer" acoustic electrics. This guitar's tone stands toe to toe all day long. I wanted a guitar I could take to the beach that I would not have to worry so much about. This Ovation far exceeds my expectations. Unplugged it sounds fantastic and plugged in it has a very nice warm acoustic tone as well. I'll gig with it in a heart beat. When shopping I was studying, I compared and played the Martin OMCPA5, then I discovered this Ovation. Both have kind of a rugged finish, but the thing is, I noticed the Ovation was built from what I think are better materials so I decided to try it. The Ovation really sounded better in my opinion. The service at Sam Ash was awesome.The associate in the Raleigh, NC store was knowledgable and made my purchase easy.