A few have been in same top tier. My Santa Cruz 14 fret 000 here is now darker in color (looks) but still amazing tone and feel. Imagine some growl more toward a dreadnought but not as boomy or bass heavy or put another way an OM that's got some extra warmth but more percussive or snappy than the OM/PW models. It's a 2009 and Richard Hoover said it was not made from exotic woods but was made from a stash of old wood. Maybe that's true because it was always very responsive or didn't seem to open up the way other new guitars did. It's outstanding to the extent that I want nuts in buying it, it initiated selling other guitars, and I'm GAS-free years later. It still completely satisfies whether that's tone or the way it plays. In the context of other comments here it's not quite as brash as some Collings, nor is it nasal sounding as some Martins are.