I ordered a Breedlove C250/CM and have had it for 3 or 4 days. I admit that's it a very well built guitar but I'm still struggling a little with both the feel of the neck and the overall tonality. I was thinking it would please me more than it has. I realize it's not gonna sound like my $2000 Taylor but I'm kind of amazed at just how little projection it has and the stock electronics are nothing to write home about. There's a brittle tone to the highs that I'm having trouble getting rid of and it's much tougher to find a good balance between the low and high strings. The EQ seems very sensitive so a little move of the knob adds a lot. Anyway I'm willing to accept these issues and work around them if this is the best of it's class and based on some of what I've read it may well be. But I'm also curious about what other choices may be worth looking at which sell around $500. Is this the best out there or are there models from Alvarez, Washburn and Takamine that might be better choices. That's really my top end as far as price goes since this is a workhorse to use in place of my Taylor. One limiting factor is the "dread" bodies are out. I need something smaller than that. So if any of you are playing a model that you enjoy other than this Breedlove C250 let me know what it is and what you like about it. Thanks guys.