I am an acoustics by Profession. Recently i purchased a Yamaha LS-TA VT from Sam Ash in Houston. After much research i decided this particular model was not only better than most Martins and Taylors in the same segment but also at the similar price point. You would easily spend double to find a all solid wood guitar with Engleman spruce top, solid build quality & impeccable craftsmanship. People tend to forget that the key ingredient in a good acoustic guitar is intonation and complete body resonance of the guitar. In order for your strings to sound right when they are tuned, the guitar itself must be in tune and able to project all its harmonics efficiently. The Yamaha TQM and solid build quality ensure that. I read many reviews where other customers said "you will not regret getting this guitar" and boy were they right. Besides the great features and electronics (which can be quiet addictive no doubt) the guitar itself is well made and ready to play out of the box. I would describe the sound of the guitar as "Harmonically in tune and perfect for a studio recording. My entire purchase was made from outside the country and my only interaction with the store itself was when i came to collect it at the store. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful online as well as at the store. I must say they did go out of their way for a customer. Thanks Jeff and Bill for the prompt and friendly service. I would recommend THIS guitar to anyone who is looking to buy a good acoustic guitar. Or just to try it out before you buy another. Thanks SamAsh'