I bought this as my first guitar. It is an outstanding value. The instrument is well-made and beautifully finished. I found it easy to play (when you are starting out nothing is truly "easy" to play, but the action on this guitar required no adjustment for me to start forming decent sounding chords right away). My only quibble: the gloss finish on the neck is beautiful, but a satin finish is easier to slide your hand over. Overall, this guitar is an excellent value and I highly recommend it.