I haven't spent much time with a maple bodied guitar for a while and had forgotten how clear and articulate one can be. When finger picking each note is so distinct. Play it with a pick and it is seriously loud. If I had better technology skills I would show you how stunningly beautiful the flamed two piece maple back is. The "V" Class bracing enhances both highs and lows. This is simply a wonderful guitar with ES 2 electronics and a Taylor built hard case.