Ibanez is a good brand, but a guitar is a very personal thing. Why not give him a gift certificate at the store instead. If he does have an affinity for playing, he will really need to feel the guitar. One $10,000 Gibson is not worth 2 cents if the symmetry with the player isn't there. My husband has a Martin that's warped and dried out but it sounds just awesome when he plays it. While he loves his custom made hollow-body blues electric, when he's in the mood for ballads, it's the beat-up Martin that comes out.