I'm an adult, but I chose this size because I have a hard time with full size guitars. I wanted specifically a classical guitar and I'm really happy with my purchase. I think the tone quality is very nice and I can probably get a brighter sound by putting better strings on it. But, since it is so small, it does effect the tone quality in the bass, but not to the point of it being bothersome to me. So far, I have not played anything that uses a fret higher than the 12th fret, so the shorter neck isn't a problem repertoire wise. I do find the shorter neck easier for me. I'm really happy with it!