I would say that we are very lucky now a days, generally speaking, the quality of the average production guitar, is very high, and the choice is vast, in range and manufacturers, and the quality of guitars manufactured in the East are of far higher quality that used to be. As you said, it really comes down to personal choice. 😀
Much agreed, Derick. I can walk into my local Guitar Center, pick up a $100 guitar, and find it very...passable...on which to learn. Quality has certainly gotten better over the years. The entry level guitars don't have all of the sound (however we want to define it) that the "boutique" guitars have, but they are generally quite playable and sound good. To me, the important thing is to get a good setup done -- get it easy to play and adjusted for intonation. And, again IMO, this has to be done to "boutique" guitars also (from what I've heard -- I don't own any). Learning/playing guitar has never been easier with a wide range of instruments from which to choose.
- Seagull S6 Coastline Folk Cedar - Seagull Performer Folk Flamed Maple HG Q1T
trek4fr, Going by the picture, she looks good as new. The wear and tear marks you're describing are pretty subtle, at least from the picture.
I wish I had a pic of my brother's old Simon & Patrick. There's literally nothing left of part of the sound board around the sound hole because he's worn it right down and away. lol.
But, she sounds great. She's aged really well, even though she was an entry level model. Still has the solid top and that's pretty much all that matters cuz that's where 90% of the sound and tone are created.
Take care of that little baby and she'll give you a whole lifetime worth of music! Cedar tops are one of the best for fingerstyle as well. They sound amazing.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!