Our 9year old daughter is exploring instruments. She currently plays piano and violin wanting eagerly to add the guitar. She saved all of her Birthday/Christmas $ and this one was her final choice. She was enamored as Mike from the KOP store very patiently and kindly handed her multiple guitars, explaining each one for her to choose from. She had the added benefit of audio and encouragement from a fellow music lover that was in the store trying out and playing some guitars on his own as well. After strumming this Martin for the 3rd time she said "this one is my soul mate" and that's the guitar we left with. She hasn't put it down since and we have added it as part of her private music lessons!