I bought one of these guitars secondhand to take the neck off it for a project. Just out of a sort of respect and curiosity I put a set of strings on it to give it a go before I dismantled it. I was impressed. I have a few guitars many times more expensive than this one and have been playing for 35 years and this has become one of my favorites. It is made of all the right woods and feels good. It is even as heavy as the original. I will change the tuners as they are not great and while the pick ups are ok I know there are better. If you are on a budget score a secondhand one of these and when you can, upgrade all the electronics. You will not be disappointed.