Price paid: $ 360
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 10
How does it suit my music style? Perfect! It sounds like a Taylor 110 with a more "together" like sound because the bass is deeper. I haven't tried it with any pickups or electronics. This thing can sing! It seems like the perfect instrument for that drum guitar, because tapping the wood of the guitar sounds so good. The harmonics are more clear than I hear with other guitars, I don't know why. Because of the incredible comfort I feel with the guitar, my sound is more confident and clear. Also, it is quite loud. Ir really projects across the room.
Overall Impression — 10
I couldn't be more happy. I bought it on a whim from musicians friend without even playing it, after hours at my local guitar shop. Taylor 110, Big Baby, Baby, and the Takamine 330s were my options, and I would never trade for any of them. Seems like a guitar ~$1000, in all honesty. Would replace it in a heartbeat, what an amazing instrument!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Will withstand live performances, everything seems solid, yes I would use it without a backup. The finish will wear off with lots of playing because I saw the wear and tear on youtube. I think that is to be expected with an unlaminated acoustic though (not sure).
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I would never take off points because new strings slightly came out of the box not quite in tune. Perfect action, new strings, everything matched and was even, AWESOME finish. I love how unique it looks. It is just a clear finish, but the grain of the wood really shines through. The accents also really add to the looks.
Features — 10
I'm assuming it was built this year, 2012. Pretty standard for an acoustic - I'd say the neck is a touch thicker, like a Schecter is to a Fender or something. It is comfortable though, and for me it allows me to play better. It is solid top cedar, back and sides from wild cherry. Neck is silver maple. Its very natural looking and the grain looks very nice (esp. the wild cherry). The guitar is very soft to the touch but it feels sturdy. Gloss finish? It is normal dreadnought, no cutaway, no electronics. I haven't had any intonation problems, and so far I could not be more pleased.