Took him down to the store to find a new acoustic to replace the stolen Ibanez as a graduation gift. He tried everything under $600 including a Taylor 110, a Martin, some Yamahas and others. In the end, the clear winner to all three of us was a used Epi Masterbuilt dread. Even came with case. We saved enough that we bought him a nice uke and a bag for it. The Masterbuilt is a really good sounding guitar.