I've owned other 3/4 guitars in this price range(low-end) like Goyas, etc, but have found them lacking in many respects. Workmanship, materials, and tone are usually the first to go when dealing with this price range and this size of guitar. Not so on this one. Very well made with incredible sustain and balance of tone across the spectrum. If you need a travel guitar, or(like me) want a smaller guitar to plunk around on, you should definitely give the Grand a try.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
Made in La Petrie, Quebec, Canada.
Cedar top, Cherry back and sides, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard. Full size neck that attaches at the 14th fret(unusual for a 3/4 size guitar). Parlor style design(kinda like a dreadnaught). Beautiful alcohol based satin finish-not the normal 1/8" thick layer of polyurethane. Incredible materials and workmanship for a guitar in this price range.
Everything feels great. The fret edges needed a little sanding, but action and overall feel was excellent from the start. Neck is about right for me, but may be on the small side for those who like more wood in their hands(no pun intended).
I play everything from blues, rock, country, hillbilly, bluegrass, etc., and this guitar has incredible punch. Excellent sustain. Very balanced over the range of tones, unlike many large dreadnaughts that have too much bass tones or other 3/4 guitars that are too tinny. Very responsive and again incredible sustain and punch!
Cedar is, of course, very soft, so care should be given to ensure that no harm comes to it. There is no pickguard, so be aware what a plectrum can(and will) do to a cedar top. Cherry back and sides are sturdy and overall feel of it is well built.