This is an incredible price for the M-65C, especially since zZounds is offering free ground shipping. I bought one last September for $210 which was a great deal then. DeArmond is revamping their line and have discontinued this model among others. I'd say it beats any other guitar under $200, including Fender Squier Strats or the Epiphone Les Paul Specials. Highly recommended as a first guitar, and even though it is a little heavy, it's got a great finish and quiet humbucking pickups with sweet tone.