I'm totally on board with @Papa Joe 's suggestion. Part of learning guitar is learning to maintain it. A Telecaster or another guitar that's simple(er) to maintain is a wise start. Squier Affinity Telecaster I would add - don't go too cheap. Getting something that saves you money but has questionable intonation, machine heads that won't keep the guitar in tune, wonky electronics, etc., is just going to be discouraging and eventually wall decoration in a pawn store or the local Guitar Center.