About a month or so ago, I stopped into the guitar shop owned by the guy who does set-up work for me. I found out he was in the hospital with heart trouble, apparently serious. His brother was running the shop, trying to generate some cash for the owner by having a sale.
So I picked up an Eko "Laredo" acoustic, as I needed a second, halfway decent, acoustic to leave up at our mountain place. But after a month of playing it, I think this one is staying home as the better acoustic, and my old Yamaha F series will be residing at the cabin instead. In short, I'm really liking this guitar the more I play it. I paid $160 USD for it, it retails for about $250. It wasn't sold as being new, but if it was used at all, I can't tell, it's in mint condition.
This is a fairly crappy cellphone photo of it:
The headstock says "Eko Italian design". Apart from design, it was apparently manufactured in Asia somewhere. But it has nice sealed tuners, a bound neck with decent frets, and sounds very sweet and mellow, less "harsh" than my Yamaha seems to be.
But the best thing about it, what sold me, is the action and the neck, which is a dream for an electric guy like me. It has something called the "Full-adjust Eko system. Patent Pending" to adjust the neck. (I hope this takes an Allen key and not some "patent pending" tool.)
And the best part is the heel-less neck joint. Time will tell if this holds up and doesn't warp, but for now it feels great.