There. I said it. But really though. Walk into a guitar store, play the 10th fret of a B string. Usually it will sound tingy and thin. Every once in a while you may find a $3000+ Martin that just sings. There are many functional instruments from $700+, but usually none inspiring. (Some vintage Guilds are a great value) New Gibsons = Decent for strumming big bassy chords New Taylors = Okay for fingerpicking. Harsh for strumming and single notes are thin New Martin's = Probably the best instruments in a larger chain, but you have to shelf out a lot of $$ to get something stunning. I picked up a Gibson LG-0 at a guitar store(a friend bought it), I was blown away at the musicallity of the thing all up and down the fretboard. I also played an LG-1 that was similar. These weren't the most high end instrument of the 60's, but could blow away almost everything even high end today. It makes me sad that we can't produce inspiring acoustic instrument for beginners, intermediate or even budget minded professional players. Anyone else feel like this?