Conclusion: I think this guitar is an excellent buy and I am very pleased with it, especially the new field it opens up for you and I have had a lot of really good moments on it and I am sure I will continue to do so. I can't compare it to other guitars, but it would make a good all round stage guitar if it had a pickup and the player had classical roots as the fretboard is the type that makes you want to explore all over it. The guitar kicks.
Conclusion: I've been playing guitar since I was 12, and I'm now 37 (holy shit?!?), and in that time I've owned or played just about everthing out there. I'm mostly an electric player, but I do enjoy the acoustic quite a bit and find myself in possesion of 8 acoustics of varying quality at this point. However, I can't really compare this guitar to any of my others--it just looks, sounds, plays and feels completely different--but different in a good way.
Summary: Buying a guitar online without first playing it is sometimes viewed by many as being very risky. On the other hand, when a musician decides to purchase a guitar from a manufacturer that has been in the business for very many years, more often than not their products are first class.Strong competition from other guitar makers in respect of quality and affordability forces companies to pursue product excellence. Aria is such a company.