For the money I don't think you can beat it. If you have more to spend and you are committed to playing guitar for life, I would in retrospect maybe skip the intermediate level acoustic-electric guitar (like this one) and go straight for a (maybe used) guitar with both a solid top and solid back. Then you can play it forever and maintain it without ever having to second guess whether to invest in your current guitar or upgrade to a higher grade instrument instead.
I bought this guitar in I think autumn 2000. I was a picky shopper on a limited high school budget. I think as a lefty this was the best deal I could have gotten on a new acoustic/electric without sacrificing playability and tone. It has a preamp and an output jack in the endpin, typical for an acoustic electric. Simple, does the job. I also sprung for the ohsc.
I believe its made in japan but not sure. It's solid spruce top, lam. nato back and sides. The nut saddle and bridge pins are plastic. Volume, bass, mid, treble. One piezo under the saddle. Active 9V battery powered. I guess it is a polyurethane finish. It's a dreadnaught body joined at the 14th fret with no cutaway. The bridge is rosewood I think. The tuners are a grover style, chrome non-locking.
Main reason I chose this over the other few lefties in the shop was that the neck felt extremely fast and playable. Something you can wrap abound for chord work or do some quicker melodic work toward the 12th fret. I do prefer a smoother finish on the neck and this has a more glossy feel which I think slows your hand down. Maybe one day I'll take some fine grit sandpaper to buff it out.
I can't remember but I think the action was pretty good when I bought it. I later had a pro setup done and it has retained nice low action ever since. The neck appears to be straight and the fretboard flat after years of relative abuse.
The guitar sounds quite nice with elixir coated bronze medium gauge strings. It has a fair balance of lows mids and highs. I love playing bluesy licks on it and digging in for string bends in the first position. This guitar wants you to do that. It also does alright with fingerstyle but its not ideal. The intonation is good but that is msotly a setup issue. Anyone who buys a guitar should have it setup properly before they judge the instrument. They never leave Guitar Center in your hands in optimal condition. I would say this is more of a stage guitar but I have done recording with it both mic'ed and DI'ed.
This guitar, 13 years of use after being purchased, is in a sorry state now. But that is to be expected after so many hours of play. I used to baby the guitar but I don't anymore. It has belt rash, finish cracks, and serious fret wear. I am at the point where I need a full re-fret, and while it may not make economic sense to invest ~$200 repair to resuscitate an old ~$450 guitar I almost feel like "I owe it to her" to put her back in respectable shape because of all the good times we've spent together. So if anything that should give you the best idea of how I feel about the guitar.
I brought it from NC (humid) to AZ (dry as hell) and to my surprise the neck has remained straight-- this is with no humidifier and mostly on a stand in my living room. Never any issues with the electronics, tuners, or other hardware. Of course the stringd will bite into the nut and saddle over time so they need occasional replacement, especially the plastic stuff.