Martin's latest "crossover" style nylon-string guitar is their best yet in terms of looks and function. The gloss top with bold herringbone rosette, bordered with faux tortise-shell pattern lines, pays homage to both the traditional Spanish classical guitar designs and to Martin's long history with herringbone circling the soundhole. Very classy. For my left hand, at least, the neck feels just right. It's 1 7/8" wide, with ample radius to the fretboard. For most steel string players this neck will not be too much of a handful, and classical players who want a rig they can plug in will find the width and string spacing familiar. The Fishman F1 Analog pickup system gives the player a lot of options when plugged in. Remember that this is still an X-braced Martin guitar, although the bracing is very light so the soundboard responds to the lower tension of nylon strings. However, you can use extra-hard tension strings, or the new composite trebles, without worry of overstrain. This guitar is robust enough to withstand the kind of strings and playing styles that might frighten a delicate fan-braced classical guitar.