Price paid: $ 50
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
Yes, (I play mostly everything) the variation of the same model is very drastic, I bought two and they sound completely different, but nice sounding. But has a deep solid tone with decent sustain. I play mostly everything and it holds up to it all I cannot rave how much I enjoy playing this guitar and have no issues leaving the Gibson or Taylor in their cases it was designed in California and they know good sound quality (if you're a Fender fan).
Overall Impression — 9
I own a total of 9 guitars, in my acoustic section this is one of my favorites! If Guitar Center runs another sale like that, I will buy many many more, they are very underpriced (usually 250) and sound better than most fenders and yamahas I have played. This guitar honestly is more bang than you'd imagine, the only thing I changed about it was I added a wireless acousitc pickup, and new strings (the factory ones are just the same as any factory acoustic strings).
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar was bought as a studio songwriting version of a Gibson acoustic. And has appeared on stage and blew my mind that it worked so well! The strap stays secure through a Live set without any worries. I don't need a backup when using this guitar, I've had it almost a year without a single potential issue. The bridge, nut and hardware are 100% solid. I think I will be strumming this guitar for years.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Very nice action out of the box. The guitar was and still is in amazing condition. The finish looks a little cheap upon severly close inspection (I.e. Extra "ivory" on the trim, and such) The nut is solid along with all of the fret wires, the neck may take a little getting used to but once you fit your hand to it, it feels like an old baseball glove, just perfectly worn in and wrapped for you.
Features — 8
The guitar was crafted in China. 20 Jumbo frets, not sure of what wood it is, it never came with any paperwork or anything, but it has a string thru bridge style and generic locking tuners. Easily tunes without nut-snag or pinching. It holds it's tune for a decent amount of time, I can play 5 songs (3 capo/1 open/1 with heavy bending) and not be a fraction out of tune!