I am a newbie and only been taking lessons for a few months. I started off with an old Alveraz I bought years ago and really like it, but the set up is a little high and I wanted a 'new' guitar to get me motivated.. so I bought a Seagull Artist Mosaic, which sounds great and I love it , but found it is a little bigger than I like and so I kept picking up my old Alveraz.. Then I started researching Parlor guitars and the Art & Lutherie AMI guitars (same people who make Seagull 'Godin) kept popping up all over the net with many happy players, so decided to give it a try. I found one at Robb's Music for only $269 , got the antique Burst solid cedar top and I LOVE IT! This guitar is the perfect size for me, fits right in my lap and I love the short scale neck! The set up was perfect out of the box and after changing strings to DiDarreio Lights, this baby resonates beautifully with a much better sound than my Alveraz and every bit as good as my Artist. I am practicing more than ever now because this guitar is much kinder to the fingers and it is small enough to hang out on the couch with and throw in the car. It came with a nice soft case and with the sold cedar top and cherry sides, it is a handsome little guy. The only thing I found annoying was the rubber rosette , but it came right off just with my finger nails and looks so much better without it. I am now tackling the F chord with my new baby! LOVE this guitar and it loves me!!