I've had a Taco 12-string cutaway dread for going on 15 yrs. All solid wood, with onboard electronics for about $1,000. Once dialed in, the sound is deep and detailed, and it's easy to play (I tune down 2 steps, use a capo when necessary). For that price range, I don't think anything can touch it. Yeah there's better, but for serious $$. I always wear a cowboy hat to bring out the guitar's "Inner Garth."