African Padauk is a species that has always delivered top notch instruments with prolonged sustain and some of the best separation of voices that a player can desire. The wood is one of the world most dense and heavy woods and this translates in a stable and reliable instrument at the time of performing. Lattice bracing adds the so desired mid/high frequencies that contrast to perfection with the bassy character of her sound. She is ideal for the concert and recording realm. Romance flows perfectly and I feel as though I always played her such is the comfort that she delivers. The bass rings forever and the clarity and roundness of the treble strings is simply breathtaking. Everything on her speaks of the countless details of love and dedication that we invested in her fabrication. The deep reddish color of Padauk contrasts marvelously with the marquetry and her lines are enhanced to the point where she literally leaves you in awe. The armrest allows the top to vibrate fully because the forearm is prevented from distorting its vibration, the violin tie on the other hand displaces the tremendous force of anchoring the strings to a much sturdier part of the guitar thus prolonging the life of the top exponentially and allowing the top to vibrate fully and unhindered. The rosette is naif and adds a touch of joy to a dark reddish Sinker top. Pure poetry. The 4-band digital EQ with incorporated Digital tuner makes her tremendously versatile for studio, stage and outdoor performance. She is Perfect! S.D.G.