I must say that I agree with Clinton. The Seagull line is about as good as anything you will find at 1/3 the price. If you want something a bit different check out the Normans. The high end of either will put many a Martin or Gibson to shame . They are both made by the same company "Godin" in Canada. If you look to the orient the Blueridge from China has a lot to offer, but with all things equal my choice would be a high end Norman.