#3
^-- i'm not terribly familiar with the brand.... but $500 is a better than average price for a guitar with solid top, sides, and back
#4
Cort is a company that makes the Ibanez brand in their factory.

Ibanez doesn't actually produce their own guitars.. they design them and then send them to Cort for production. However, the Cort acoustics > Ibanez Acoustics because, like ive said before, Ibanez designs their own guitars. It just so happens that Cort actually knows what they're doing with their acoustics :-P

Go try a Cort electric.. they're VERY VERY VERY similar to the feel and sound of Ibanez electrics but cheaper.. not by much but still cheaper.
#5
I played a Parkwood in a Guitar Center not too long ago. It sounded very nice.

Gear:
Partscaster/Tele into a bunch of pedals, a Maz 18 head, and a Z Best cab.