I received one of these in the Walnut stain the other day and looked it over carefully. It was purchased from Sweetwater and not only did I get a great deal, I was very happy to see that it was very securely and safely packaged. The guitar was literally flawless in the construction and the finish. The gold hardware against the finish color is very attractive. Unplugged, it resonates so well with a clarity I don't remember in any other 12 that I've owned. I had the folks at Sweetwater put on a set of Elixir (10's) strings and do a setup before it was shipped. I've owned many 12 string guitars, but this is by far the easiest fingering and playing one that I can remember in 55 years of playing. Having said that, I am going to try a set of flatwound 9's on this guitar when I swap in the TV Jones Classics pickups, soon.