The NS models I've had in hand truly are fine instruments with solid build quality. I bought GAD's M-75 gold top Aristocrat from Default, to whom he sold it, and it's my current favorite first grab instrument. It's a wonderful sounding and playing instrument that's lightweight, can be played acoustically or plugged in, and is incredibly versatile.I've heard it be said that Korea is on par with Japan in quality. They certainly look really nice. Someday I hope to play a few. I would love a Aristocrat. I've wanted one since forever. Back before the internet it was a mystical beast. I lived in RI, and visited a host of music stores. Never saw one in the flesh.