There's so many things that can affect tone.... I have a yamaha FG700-s. Sounds better then a lot of Martins and Taylors when match the strings and compare. Problem is the frets and fingerboard can make a huge difference. The low E on the yamaha was weak....I thought it was the bracing. Until I refretted the guitar. Now it booms. On the cheap nato guitar the fretwork is usually lacking. It can screw up your comparison.
This is a real drag. You're the only person online that shows how to make a on/on/on out of a dpdt on/off/on switch and I can't get your pictures to load? Please, can you send my the pictures if I give you an email?