I bought this at the Tampa store for a trip to Hawaii. They didn't want to sell it to me because the much bigger GS mini Taylor sounds better ... blah blah blah. I bought it anyways. Have been playing it daily on the beach, in the mountains, on the porch, in the rain forest, etc. I play in several tunings and it handles it fine. Intonation is fine. I play it with the strap, because it is too small to hold. The top has room for planting yout pinky (unlike Martin's backpacker). With case it weighs 5 lbs and fits in plane overhead compartments and in the packed jeep (think family) we're renting with no problem. A full size or 3/4 size guitar would be a pain to cart all over on the trip. And in the past, I have traveled all over the world without a guitar because it's a pain to haul around. No more! This little Rover is going with me on future trips. For [$] it is a steal. It doesn't sound as nice as my full size Martins, Taylor or Gibson, but it travels extremely well.