This guitar sings great through its spruce top - sound as good as my old Martin, but at $650.00, I don't have to be paranoid and watch it every minute! Sounds great on a small amp for those coffee shop gigs. With light strings the upper register is as easy to play (on the comfortable cut-way) as the lower. What took me so long to get a Seagull! Says right on their website, "dedicated to bringing musicians great sounding instruments at an affordable price." - no lie!