I looked at several other guitars, Ovation, Sammick, fender, Martins and for the price range I was at, this is a great sounding and easy playing guitar for a beginner. Definitely had better sound than others in its price range. The only strings I would suggest using on this guitar are the elixir's.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $325.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pfabe's Music
Built in Japan. The guitar is a dreadnought design. It has a mahogany neck, back, and sides. It has gold grover tuners and came with Elixir strings. The top is constructed from a solid piece of Engelman spruce and the guitar has a high gloss natural finish. The bridge and fretboard are made of rosewood. Pearloid dot inlays on fretboard and standard pickguard.
The action is pretty good for an acoutic and I did not have to adjust at all. The neck is a standard c shape and conforms great and feels great in my hand. Compared to other guitars in its price range this guitar plays and sound exceptionally well.
The sound that is produced from this guitar is full and warm. I have tried several different types of strings on it and the Elixirs seem to give the best tone and projection. I play both with a pick and finger style and this guitar handles both well. I prefer the using a plectrum for better sound projection. I mainly use this guitar when I fell like strumming some chords and wrming up with some progressions. No particular song style, just what I feel like
I have had this guitar for a year and it holds its tuning fairly well. Like any other acoutic is is affected by temperature and humidity changes. Its been bumped around a couple of times and still looks great. All the hardware other is great and other than some pick marks on the pick guard I would say it still looks like new.