I'm not much of an acoustic guitar person, but I've definitely spend a good amount of time playing it, so here you go. This is my first acoustic guitar, Sounds really good with 10's on it, but there's really no midrange bite. Good amount of bass, and decent amount of highs. If you Mic it right, and set the EQ where it sounds best to you your results should excite you! The playability is wonderful, my hands are sliding around real fast for the speed I need. They're certain;y not getting caught up on lacquer, and at the same time, definitely not getting splintered. :) Best for beginners - early intermediate though. Overall, another value acoustic guitar from Yamaha. A lot of bang, for not a lot of buck.