The XV180S is a really premium guitar- We use ONLY the highest quality woods- and we know because the boss buys the wood himself and personally oversees it's delivery to our factory.This is a beautifully made guitar with a SOLID Spruce top, gorgeous laminated rosewood back and sides and some of the nicest abalone purlfing and rosette you'll find anywhere. Neck is fully bound as is the headstock, and we feature premium quality gold tuners. The nut and saddle are hand cut BONE. This guitar is X-braced with tapered braces.The rosewood lends a tremendous warmth to this guitar. Volume is really excellent on this instrument- loud and clear with a crisp and mellow high end. Compare this to $500 and up instruments.To ensure a great out of the box playing experience, each XV180S is strung with USA made Daddario strings.