In November 2014 I bought a Yamaha CG122S for my daughter, who was starting guitar lessons then. I bought it new for $260. I’ve tried a lot of entry level guitars, many of them almost twice as expensive as this one, and none of them match the sound I hear from this particular CG122S. I suppose sometimes luck plays a big role. The sound of this guitar developed and became so pleasant that I got one for myself as well about 6 months later, same exact model. And yet, the one I bought for myself never sounded like the other one. It was just okay, but not great, big difference, so I ended up selling it a few months ago. But my daughter’s CG122S I consider a true jewel considering the price. That one will stay forever. Aside from the great sound and playability, it feels like a robust, solid guitar. And I love the matte finish throughout.