Great for songwriting, play solo gigs. Light to carry, comfortable to hold. I simply love the strong sound of this guitar. The satin finish neck is the best neck I've ever had on an acoustic! If only Epiphone would step up their inspection and how they set up their guitars! Luckily I can work past them, but a beginner would get frustrated pretty quick, I think. All in all, any beginner or professional would delight in owning this guitar. The price is a outright steal.