I had to sell my guitars earlier this year because of how the economy has affected my bottom line, putting the line firmly on the bottom. I hadn't been playing much up till that time, but as soon as they were gone I couldn't get my hands on another guitar soon enough. I know there's something psychological in that some where, but the experience of not having a guitar of any kind available left me thirsting to make music again. My wife, bless her heart could see this and asked me if it was possible to get something for 200.00 that would quench my need to have a guitar in my hands again. I really didn't think there would be, but I looked anyway. I went on to the Musician's Friend site and brought up everything they had at 200.00 and a little less. I saw a lot of people going on and on about these Mitchell guitars I'd never heard of that are really cheap. All but the cheapest have solid cedar tops, so I stopped into a local music store that carries them and picked up the Mitchell MD 100-SCE cutaway. I was really surprised at how acceptable this inexpensive guitar sounded and played. So for now, until the finances come back, I have a very attractive looking and respectable sounding guitar to play. Manufacturers must have really been making strides in producing affordable instruments for those of us who appreciate good sound, but can't afford even the low end Martins and Taylors. I'm wondering how many are in this forum in the same kind of situation and have discovered little gems like this.