For the price, I definitely recommend this as a starter guitar. I wouldn't consider trading it in for something else, although I hope to buy a couple electrics and a Martin acoustic/electric some day - just to add to the collection.... If it were lost or stolen, I'd be very unhappy, but would probably save up for a more expensive axe rather than run out and buy another of these. Not a knock at all, however, on this guitar.
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians' Superstore/ProSound
Canadian-made: apparently from a small village in Canada where about 1/3 of the residents make guitars. Online research revealed this company is a subdivision of Godin established to make good quality entry-level acoustics. Wild cherry back and sides, maple neck, and spruce top with a rosewood fretboard. 22 frets. I really like the natural lacquer finish. Have received comments from friends about how much they like the "wood" feel of the neck. Standard dreadnought body.
I've only been playing for about six months, so it's a little tough for me to decide if "playability" is my problem or my guitar's. I enjoy playing it. I think the action is kind of high, and I'm going to try to get that adjusted. It came with some pretty thick strings, which the salesman suggested I might want to change, and I did.
Definitely a deep, warm tone for a $200 guitar. I play some country, some classic rock, and a little pop/alternative and it seems to fit in just fine. Mostly just jamming around with friends after the bar closes, you know?
Haven't had any durability concerns.