Hi there,

A friend is looking for an acoustic guitar for their teenager. Do you have any recommendations on what would be a good first guitar? She has never played before and is looking at taking up the hobby,

There is huge choice in good inexpensive guitars these days, so it is really a question of finding one she likes the look of, and then, very importantly, having it set up properly. IMO, tone isn't very important for a beginner, but playability is, and looks might be. I don't think that the differences between nylon and steel strings are all that important either, though the techniques for playing them are somewhat different, and nylon might be easier at first.

Makes I know and like are Yamaha, Tanglewood and Recording King, but there are plenty of others. From what I have tried, Katoh are outstanding for the money in nylon strings.

What kind of music interests her?