It can’t be labeled new because I bought it – less than a week ago. It just isn’t working out for me although it’s a great concept from a venerable company. It is absolutely pristine, great sound, easy to play. I just can’t keep it. They are just out on the market at a shade under $1000 everywhere. This is you chance to get the same guitar for less money. I’ve shipped many guitars; it will be packed nicely or can be picked up anywhere within 120 miles of western Chicago suburbs. (Oh, and don’t wonder about the tone vs spruce. You’re gonna love it!