I've always been a fanatic about Guild guitars. My mother has a '76 Madeira import and it sounds terrific. When you compare it to a new Guild American model, there's no real contest. It sounds better than any acoustic I've ever played, even high end Gibson's, Taylor's, and Martin's. The tone is so crisply warm and the body just feels right when you hold it. Never going to give this guitar up until I die. Amazing instrument.