I originally purchased another guitar but wanted something a little more special. So when I called John to explain that I would like to return it to order a custom-made guitar, there was no hesitation. As advertised, John honored Shoreline Music's generous return policy - no questions asked. Then I placed the order for my R70-14-OOO, and finally had it in my hands a few months later. And it was worth the wait.
Not having had a chance to play with it personally, I didn't know how it would sound in person. But the moment I started playing with it, it didn't disappoint whatsoever. Though it is a smallish bodied guitar, it generates a rather full sound with great resonance, clarity, sweet overtones, and surprisingly nice low end. It is what I always imagined an Engelmann/rosewood combination would produce, but I hadn't found it on any guitar ... until now. And after three months, my R70 sounds even more amazing as an all around guitar. It is a delight to hold and its sweet notes make it difficult to put it down. I recommend it without any reservation.