Modern guitars made overseas are coming off the assembly lines pretty much perfect, for incredibly affordable prices. Many of these guitars can compete tone-wise and in terms of playability with guitars costing many times more. I believed that the playing field between American hand-made and import mass-produced guitars had been leveled. EXCEPT.... ... acoustic guitars. I was doing contract work in a nursing home last week (wearing the surgical mask, of course) and there was a staff member playing music and singing for the residents. She had a beautiful black Epiphone, one of the most gorgeous guitars I'd ever seen. It sounded like crap! I could barely hear it; for such a large guitar it had very little low-end. Mostly upper-mids and highs. And she was beating on it! It should have been much louder and fuller than it was. And I was less than 10 feet from her.