Got my Martin 000x1e Thursday. A hard shell Golden Gate case with it. I am amazed! Tuned it up and it is everything I have always wanted in a guitar. Unplugged it gives me the "dirty boogie" sound I love. Just crisp and clear and so easy to play. The spruce top is bookmatched perfectly, straight grain and beautiful. The plastic **************** on the sides and back mean nothing to me. It sounds much better than my Martin D-15 which is "aged" which I bought from MF when they first came out, 10 years ago? I do have a collection of accoustic guitars. I wanted to compare them to this Martin. I had an old friend come over yesterday and got all of my accoustics out to compare to the Martin. Bear with me. I have an Alvarez,2 Great Divides, Yamaha, Epiphone, and a Silvertone, Gretch Jjim Dandy and an aniversary(sp) Washburn. All of the above mentioned guitars except the Gretsh are beautiful museum pieces. Perfect. What blew me away yesterday is that the Martin blew them all away. All of those beautiful well crafted guitars sucked! I didnt realize how lame they were. Yes sound is a personal thing and to be sure after playing live since the mid 50's until maybe 10 years ago my hearing is damaged. I failed to write down the model #'s of the accoustic guitars that I have, except for the Gretch, none of them are bottom of the line price wise. And, what blew me away is that the Washburn ran a close second to my new Mexican Martin. I am hooked. I am going to get rid of the other beautiful all wood guitars because I will never play them again.