Well, thanks for the input and the page views, guys!
I understand spaminator's point about accoustics, but I say that if you are comfortable on an electric, you can adjust to the higher string tension of an accoustic. When I moved from accoustic to electric, it took me a while to stop squeezing so hard and learn to just touch the strings. I haven't played a lot of accoustic since I switched, but it wasn't exactly rocket science to go back.
I think that it is more valuable from a beginner's standpoint to both enjoy the instrument and to succeed at playing it than it is to guarantee a clear path to accoustic playing. And I think the ease of electrics along with their other advantages (silent playing, range of sounds) makes them the clear choice for beginners.
So, I understand the accoustic side of the debate, but I'm standing by my original recommendation.
I'm pretty happy with the lens as it is, so until I'm ready to make some recommendations about recording, I'll leave it alone. I'll be watching this thread, though, so if you have suggestions, please post them!