It's all about the strings - there is world of tone just by changing the type and brand of strings. Flats and Tape wound; La Bella, Pyramid, etc, etc. I've got an Epiphone, but i've played a Hofner and the Hofner is the one to get. And find a good guitar tech - they are all problematic. Rattles and tuning issues abound. But there is something about the sound.