#2
tough one. you have a big enough budget to get a decent guitar. i confess that i'm not really a big fan of that genre of music. for 800 you can get a good electric acoustic with an amp.
your really going to have to go to some music shops with a knowledgeable friend and try some out. at your stage of playing, i think comfort is what you need to focus on. there are a lot of different bodystyles to choose from. Hank's dread may not be comfortable for you( i can't play a dread for very long) you may like the smaller bodied guitars. there really are too many variables. i would honestly suggest picking up a Yamaha FG700 guitar to start out on and then if you stick with playing, upgrade for a better one. that yamaha is a great guitar to start out on.
once you fall in love with playing(which undoubtably you will), then you can start thinking about getting Martins,Taylors and Gibsons.
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
#3
there are many guitars in the $200 to $800 range that are really quite good. are you going to be taking lessons? if so, your instructor might be able to help you choose a guitar.

i'd get a guitar for less to start - the FG700 that stepchildusmc suggests is a nice quality solid top guitar. or for about double that - and half the martin - you could get an all solid recording king or a well balanced seagull original S6. the S6 can be tried in almost any guitar center, and goes on sale for every holiday. a very nice sounding guitar.

here's an all solid wood recording king dread for almost half the price of the martin
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/recording-king-rd-10-dreadnought-classic-series--RD10.htm
and they are nice sounding guitars.

btw, the look of the back of that martin is basically a sticker. martin's HPL is shreds of wood glued together and pressed, so the outsides of the guitars need something to protect the HPL and make it look more like actual wood.
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