Look, we like guitars... We've got Guilds and Martins and Taylors and Gibsons® and Lowdens strewn all over our shop. Our goal with the XV580SS was to deliver the highest quality ALL SOLID WOODS instrument at the lowest price every seen for such a guitar.We've hand picked the SOLID Indian rosewood for the back and sides- We've hand-selected the solid SITKA Spruce top, We oversee the construction directly. This is a guitar you can take anywhere, play in any setting, in a room with any number of more expensive instruments and hold your head up high.The nut and saddle are hand cut BONE. Bracing is in the classic X-Pattern with hand-carved scalloped braces. The headstock is a stunning construction of Rosewood over maple over ebony- to reveal an elegant all-wood "binding". As you can see this instrument offers premium appointments, with gold premium tuners with ebony buttons, deluxe inlays, triple bound neck and body with elegant abalone purfling and rosette.This is a delicate, expressive guitar with an explosive power. Bass notes are rich and distinct, mid-range is balanced and very, very open- high end is so delicate and musical. It's a really beautiful guitar, but in appearance, playability and sound.To ensure a great out of the box experience, each XV580SS is strung with USA Daddario Strings.