I've been having a harder time playing my Dreadnaughts for about a year now, a D-18 Standard and an Epiphone Masterbilt do to a bad shoulder from an old injury so I started looking at smaller guitars. I ended up picking up this Ibanez Artwood vintage series AVC9 000 size acoustic last week for $299. I found it used online at GC in Texas after I played a similar model at my local GC. I played it up against a few other inexpensive guitars and even a Martin 000-15 and came away very impressed with tone. It has a solid Mahogany top and mahogany laminate sides and back. Mahogany dovetail neck 25" scale length. This guitar is very lightly built with scalloped braces and resonates like crazy. It has really nice tone and volume for a smaller guitar and the neck is super comfortable. Here's a short clip of some fingerpicking on it. It also takes to flatpicking very well .