I played this guitar against Yamaha, Martin, Taylor, Fender, Takamini, Washburn, and Ovation and it was far above others in this price range. I did not know the price when I first picked it up and after playing it and seeing the quality, guessed it to be about 1500.00 or more. The finish and wood product is unbelievable. The most beautiful acoustic I have seen. I purchased a hard arch top case for this instrument as it is worth protecting. My last acoustic was a 1949 Martin D-18 and this guitar plays better and sounds just as good. With age and a lot of playing it will sound better and become more ballanced. I strongly recommend this instrument for any skill level guitarist for any style of music.
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash Music
This instrument has a Dreadnought body, Abalone Rosette, Gold Grover tuning machines, solid Engelman Spruce top, figured maple back and sides and Vintage Violin high gloss finish. The bridge piece has a set back at the 2nd string. The nut is staggared and made of bone not plastic. Bindings were perfect. Interrior ribs and braces were well attached without overgluing or spills. Craftmanship was outstanding and comperable to guitars costing over $3000.00
The AW 200 V V is a pleasure to play. It's light weight and does not change much in tone when your arm is resting on the body. I play it in a classical position which leaves less pressure on the top and body. The neck is not "V" shaped and plays more like a Gibson style electric. The fingerboard is somewhat flat and the action is low, allowing you to play fast. The instrument was vertually flawless. I can't believe it was only $399.00
This instrument does not have electronics so you are paying for the guitar and not pickups etc. The sound is so crisp and full that several people hear me play it and ask if it is a 12 string guitar. Keep in mind, the sound will only improve in time !! The intonation is right on the money. It is as ballanced as if you set each string individually with an adjustable bridge. I play flat picking blues, jazz, old standards, rock, and classical on this guitar with no problems. It strums well and gives you a gutsy tone similar to a 335 when you use power chords.
I don't see this guitar breaking down with use, as it will only sound better the more it is played. It is well put together. I have a degree in classical guitar, have been playing for 40 years, and have played a lot of guitars, trust me this one is well built and has the quality of any fine had made axe. It's what an accustic guitar should be at a price most people can afford. I had to to NOTHING to it as it was "on the money" from the factory and this is a first for me as I am very picky with my guitars, (no pun intended).
I am very satisfied with my purchase and feel confident that it will remain in my possession for years to come. Even after I can afford a more expensive guitar.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $370.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
The neck reminds me of my fender, thin, fast and rosewood. Which makes it easy to jump from one to the other.
For the price I am very satisfied with the sound. The sound is kind of mid-range, not too much bass not too much treble. Good sustain and tone. Doesn't have that country twang to it either.
I can change the strings today and bend each string a few times then retune and it will still be on the money every time I pick it up after. And the scalloped bracings should help in the durability department aswell.