I'm a Yamaha fan myself. And some of the '80s Ibanez guitars (laminated and cheap) were spectacular guitars for the money. And I own a Takamine jumbo that suits me down to the ground.
But the make of guitar that has impressed the hell out of me is Crafter. Man, these guitars sing and at a price that you really can't believe. And I don't even own one (I do have a Crafter mandolin that I love, though.)