Many moons ago I played a very fine cello, so I'm pretty obsessed with tone. Recently, I fell in love with the guitar and have been playing classical, but I wanted a steel strung guitar for playing Celtic music, so I chose the Larrivee OM-02. I play fingerstyle without nails and the clear, lovely, ringing tone of the treble strings is amazing. The bass strings add just the right amount of drone. It's all very balanced. I expected a nice playable guitar but not this nice! Also, I really like the matte finish and ebony fretboard, qualities that this guitar shares with the cello. Thank you Jean Larrivee for building this guitar and to the folks at Shoreline Music for getting out the word on these instruments. The beautiful tone is exactly as promised.