I own an AX-7521 (in the infamous "Cherry Fudge" finish too!), and I've played an AX-7221 many years ago. The 7521 is, in no way, a higher "quality" guitar than the 7221...as a matter of fact, it feels like it is of the exact same "quality". Never really had much to complain about it, though, as I had gotten it for free! I have since parted out the 7521. Not sure if I still have the neck, but I still have the body.