I got my American Highway One when I was 11 years old for Christmas, by that time I had gone through a Washburn from Walmart and was already looking for something better. My parents came though and it has kept me happy for this long, I'm 19 now. Back then all I cared about was looks and I didn't know what a set up was or how to tell if a guitar could play good or not. I got lucky and found a guitar that I absolutely love, I take it with me wherever I go. Keep in mind if you are that young, A Fender Tele might be hard to learn on compared to an Ibanez or something with a small scale compared to a fender. Its still hard for me to hit some really big chords but my Fender pleases me way more than any other guitar I have ever played.