Hello. Have to chime in here. After years of trying to play luthier built instruments, I decided to "bite the bullet" and bought a 1977 Takamine 132S several months ago. I have played a couple others of this vintage, they were nice, but nowhere near as nice as the one I bought. I never realized what I was missing, ease of playability, resonant, responsive, loud, great sustain, etc, really one of the best guitars I have ever played. Sure luthier built instruments usually satisfy some of these characteristics, but at a price FAR above what I paid, ($500). As someone else said, these are good guitars, some of them are great! Suit yourself, but have a look at the older Takamine's, they can be spectacular. Don't ask, mine is not for sale. But may sell a couple of luthier built guitars instead!