You would never know that a Smaller scale Acoustic could deliver this much punch. Though I am not a Great "Picker", I've been getting better at it since i Bought this guitar. I think it works great for Fingerpicking, Blues Runs as well as strumming away. It smaller size is incredibly comfortable. You can play it Laying on a Couch as well as you can in a Chair or standing up. Certainly Pricey, but hey, none of us are gonna live forever. Forget the Built in Pool- Buy this Guitar!!