I guess I chose this guitar because of its balance of tone, on-board electronics, and price. I tried a number of others in the same price range and once I tried this particular one, I made up my mind. I wouldn't say "I fell in love" with it right away but I think I'll be happy with it in the long run.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $675.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Winnipeg
Mine's a Dark red finish. No finish flaws that I can see. Once I figured out that the EQ controls were upside down to what I'm used to, I was fine :-)
Like an idiot, I lost the EQ instructions but it only took me a bit to figure it all out.
I traded a late 80's Ovation in on it also.
The action seems fine. Open chords sound very full. Picking above the 12th fret isn't fun but I'm thinking that has something to do with the heavy gauge strings it came with. Chords and heavy, percussive strumming are fine all over.
The Neck is great, as far as I can tell, with no flaws. I DID have to try several samples before I found one that wasn't humped at the 11th-13th frets though.
I don't have an acoustic amp, but through one of my small Fenders, with a real clean dial-in, the guitar's tone and controls were quite functional. I'm happy with them.
I'd describe this guitar's tone as "Dark" in the lower register and "Bright" when played higher up. I'm still getting used to it but I'm not unhappy with the sound.
It is too soon for me to comment on this guitar's Durability but it seems well built and I think that as long as I take care of it, it'll be fine...I hope...lol
If you want to get a really nice accoustic/electric without spending too much, give one of these a test drive for sure!
I love it.
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
It's a cutaway-style guitar so you can play the upper frets with ease. It's got an EQ and Gain control unit that is black so it blends in with the guitar nicely.
I chose this guitar over EVERY SINGLE OVATION and FENDER in the whole store. I parked myself at Guitar Center for a few hours and just played, carefully examining playability and sound. This one stood out by far as the best.
Because I have played Santa Cruz Guitars, I won't select a 5 for this one. But in the sub $1000 range, I could very well give this a perfect score for sound quality.
It sounds great plugged in, too. I play it over my Marshall--an electric guitar amp--and it sounds good!
Great guitar for lots of strumming in open tunings. I like to play Richie Havens and this guitar handles it beautifully.