Hi Richard, thank you for your question. If it's classical (Spanish-style) guitar playing you want to learn, the C40 Mk II is an excellent choice - and we don't think there's a better option at its price. It's won awards thanks to its combination of great tone and relatively low price. As it's a classical guitar, it has the wide fretboard your friend suggested.
An alternative to the C40 Mk II would be our CG122 Classical Guitar - it's the same size as the C40 Mk II, but crucially it has a solid tonewood top. This hugely improves the resonance (and therefore the warmth and richness) of the guitar's sound compared to a laminate top as the C40 Mk II has (where - to keep an affordable price - the top is actually made up of many layers of wood strips and glues which work against the natural resonance of the guitar). In turn, because it sounds so good, beginners often enjoy playing for longer at a time - helping them to progress. You can read more here
Classical guitar playing can be relaxing and enjoyable both to listen to and to play; it can also instill discipline on playing technique. However, we think that most guitarists/beginners play (and want to play) acoustic guitar - these are the type of guitar that virtually every singer-songwriter uses and are regularly used in bands, from rock to folk. They have steel strings (rather than nylon) and tend to give a brighter tone with more presence. They also have a neck width similar to that of an electric guitar, and noticebly narrower than the neck of a classical guitar.
Models start with our best-selling F310; however, as with the C40 Mk II, we've designed the F310 with a price in mind and as a result, it has a laminate rather than solid tonewood top. A better option would be our FG800 (or any of our FG Series models) - which sounds superb - link below.