The classical guitar is the perfect choice for a beginning guitarist. It has been used in nearly every genre from classical to country to jazz. Their bodies are smaller than most steel-strings which makes them more comfortable to hold. Since they are designed for fingerstyle, their necks are usually wider and will help you or your student play their chords without accidentally muting strings. Perhaps the best advantage is the nylon strings. The nylon strings on a classical are smoother and have less tension than other guitars. For a new player, this can help to develop callouses on their fingertips without excess discomfort. Furthermore, the nylon strings encourage healthier playing by allowing the student to focus on proper form and placement instead of putting their hands in uncomfortable positions just to get the string to sound.