I'm retired and picking up guitar again after 8+ years. No callouses and I've forgotten everything I once knew. Milton and I went through 2 classicals, a couple of acoustics and I finally went with this Martin. It's comfortable and a joy to play. Like an old friend. I just grab it going by and before you know it, 2 hours have gone. I couldn't be happier and would recommend this to anyone, beginner to pro. Always had big dreadnoughts and this is full size with a parlor shape. Not a boomer, but a bell. It's all solid and set up for electrics should you want to plug it in. Just fabulous.