This is the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen. Not just for the looks but for everything about it, It would be worth buying for $1000+. It sounds absolutely great. It's not your modern featherweight. I also have this in the older $162.99 solid spruce model. Both are built like tanks. The pictures just don't do this justice. The color is more like a perfect lighter blonde grayish caramel. You can see for miles into the deep clear gloss finish. Both guitars were completely and professionally set up right out of the box. I only had to ease the truss rod off 1/6 turn on this one to stop the high E string from buzzing when hitting it hard. The action is super low. It's pretty effortless to play. I haven't plugged it in yet, but there are a couple of YouTube videos of Idyllwilds with Fishmans. I have full confidence that they'll do exactly what I want to through an amp. Honestly, I wouldn't trade this for a Martin unless I was sure I could replace it with another Quilted Ash. I almost peed my pants when I opened the box. Can I say that? Hey, it's the truth. Don't think about it. BUY IT.
My BEST acoustic-dynamic, well-projected sound and beautiful to behold-maybe yours too?
I own 31 guitars: both electric and acoustic. Roughly 1/3 come from Monoprice. But this Ash acoustic is a sonic wonder. The hardness of ash produces a sound and projection of the sound that is fired out of the guitar's sound hole as Thor fires bolts of lightning from Mjolnir!!.
The sound us truly as loud and bright as my Monoprice cedar top is soft and ethereal.
There is but the smallest amount of fret buzz on low e. But having treated this successfully with a simple turn of the truss rod, I'm not concerned. I doubt that most would even note this minor amount of fret buzz.
The frets are perfect height and rounded beautifully. The edges of both sides of the fretboard are perfectly smooth. One of the EASIEST guitars I have to play. I plan on playing a few minutes and I'm drawn into hours of fun...and I look up ans three hours have passed!!.
As I mentioned, I consider the cedar to be a softer, more mellow guitar relative to this model.
The opposite side of the same guitar "coin".
Finally-and quite LEASTLY(though strangely noted FIRST by many a reviewer) the unique beauty of this guitar is unmistakable. And it will be noted by listeners and the musician alike.