I have been playing for a few years. I have owned a new Cordoba C-5, C-9(solid wood) and a Yamaha NTX-700. The build quality of the NCX700C is perfect like my NTX700. The quality is A++. Not a single defect. I have yet to see a single Cordoba even at the 2000$ range with this kind of build quality. My NCX700C kicks the crud out of my C-9 in every way. For 500$ I have yet to see anything that compares. The problem is nobody has the NCX in stock to try. You can find plenty of NTX units to look at. Sadly you cant compare the NTX and the NCX acoustically unplugged.