On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM, Jack Timmons <jorachim at gmail.com> wrote: > Thinking of picking one up. Nothing fancy, I'm going to start teaching > myself as a method of down time. electric is easier than acoustic for starters, you can get a Squier Strat and small Fender amp, with cable, strap, all the blah blah blah for about $400 total. For about $700, you can get a MexiStrat, which is nicer than a Squier. I love my Strat. Or, if you're in the mood, you can get a Saga kit for under $200 and build a Strat or Telecaster copy, or a Gibson SG or Les Paul copy. Ibanez makes some nice stuff too. Cheaper guitars often don't stay in tune as well. My stepson has a $99 Strat copy and a $99 Les Paul copy. Neither one will stay tuned for two songs in a row.