I've owned and played countless guitars over my 50+ years of playing and chasing tone. Finally it's over with my purchase of what John accurately calls a primo guitar. You typically can't find this guitar in any music store to preview. Thanks to John's video, I was able to get a taste of what the M-80 sounded like. When John plucks down the open strings to the low E, that was all I needed to hear. Of course I was wondering if the guitar I ordered would sound the way I heard it in the video. Truthfully I must say it wasn't, IT WAS MUCH BETTER...!!! I play mostly accompaniment more so than chords, and every note is clear, well rounded and sustaining. When you do strike a chord, each note stands to attention with clarity within the chord. John suggested and put a set of John Pearse light strings on the guitar when he shipped it to me. I played that for a while and then changed to the New Mediums. Well, John made the right call once again, the lights I believe sound better. Purchasing any instrument online can be a scary endeavor, but there is a level of confidence that I have come to experience each time I work with John here at Shoreline. Thanks John and Thanks Northwood...!!!