If you have $2600 to spend, I agree with the folks that say spend it. The nicer guitar will make you want to play it more, it will sound better, and will be easier to play especially barre chords. I would also reccomend a small body guitar that is easy to hold and you can sit with on the couch so you can practice chord changes during TV commercials, etc. Look in the Gibson small body section on the acoustic guitar pages. The Robert Johnson and Blues King are both excellent. Don't forget though that you can do quite well with a used one. Many of us have many guitars and buy and sell them after a few months so that we can always be trying something new. Look on the forums for a used Blues King and you'll have $1000 left for lessons. Good Luck.