This is a limited edition release. The rosewood sides are a darker tone than the back. The sleek curved body make this the ideal choice for a stage guitar or for anyone who prefers a smaller body. Its extra special cutaway will let you reach all the highest notes and the Preamp is ideal for live performance or recording. The FISHMAN Presys preamp also includes a chromatic Tuner. Its North American Solid Spruce top offers superior sound, a sound that will get better the longer you own this guitar. The laminated Rosewood on the sides is slightly darker on the back. This is not a defect, it is just variance in the wood colours.