Been excited about acoustic guitars lately. Sold my old cheapie Fender dreadnought that I've had forever and decided to splash out on something fancy. Decided to get an Australian made Maton Performer that I've had my eye on for a long time. It's a smaller Concert size with a cutaway, all solid woods and good electronics. Matons are not only used by Tommy Emanuel but even Eric Johnson, et al. Strange, but pretty soon I was missing my old cheapie Fender. The Maton is a great guitar but the smaller size just doesn't have the vol I was I was expecting and just didn't feel as comfortable. In a fit of melancholy, I wandered into a local music store, half thinking I might be able to justify buying a larger body acoustic to go with the Maton. Nothing took my fancy, until I stumbled upon an Eastman dreadnought, cutaway that had incredible specs at a crazy cheap price and sounded fantastic. Can you believe, all solid wood (sitka spruce/sapele), ebony fretboard/bridge/bridge pins, bone nut/saddle (compensated), double bound, nitro finish, Fishman electronics, etc. and beautifully constructed. For only $500 USD! The only shortcut being the unfilled wood grain finish on the back and sides. A lot of manufactures are doing this now and promoting it as a benefit, not a cost saving. I actually really like the textured feel - doesn't slide around as much on your knee and even feels good on the neck. The internal label proudly boasts, 'Made in Beijing China', and I have no problem with that, at all. It's a great guitar. Kind of reminded me of Fender's 'Corona California'. Like the city is somehow important. Now I'm thinking I was crazy paying double for the Maton. If Eastman did a smaller body cutaway I wouldn't hesitate to sell the Maton and buy another Eastman, but alas, they don't. .