I've previously owned two other Taylor 400 series (410ce and 414ce FLTD) plus four other Taylor's (522e, 524e, GC7 & GC8). In my non-expert opinion, the 400 series is one of the best values in the Taylor line-up. This 412-R LTD is a wonderful instrument. The tone of the spruce over rosewood is rich, even in the smaller body size. The neck is very comfortable and the action is low. The response and note separation is very nice, especially when finger-picked. It's quite lively when strummed, with the highs and mids being dominant. The craftsmanship is pure Taylor - excellent fit and finish. I love this 412 and when it comes to customer service, Shoreline is top-notch! Quick response to emails and phone calls are handled by real people. I dealt with John on this guitar and he is truly a man of integrity. Excellent guitar and transaction with Shoreline!