I just received the Cordoba C12 SP and I'm very pleased. The only way to get anything better is to spend over $5000 dollars and that is not a guarantee of better instrument. The C12 SP tone is loud and well balanced. I have owned expensive luthier built guitars before and the C12 tone and volume is easily as impressive as those. If you want a great sounding guitar without spending custom luthier price then the C12 is a great bargain. I will be giging with this instrument.