I think the "secret" as to how this can be done so cheaply, is they're not all the same. Some batches, individual guitars will knock you out and others will sit in a corner. I like Larry's approach. Find one in person that's got "it" and a fine, dark rosewood board as well. Pre-ordering is a tough, tough deal because you basically have to keep what they send you. Look at the Red one that Call Me Al has posted an image of. Does anyone crave a rosewood board that is that bleached looking? I don't.