Being that you are just starting on learning a new instrument, you are probably wondering what is the best guitar for beginners. Well, that depends on a few things you might want to consider before you run out and spend $800 to $1,000 on a guitar.
One very basic thing to consider when buying a new guitar for a new student is how will your playing affect other members of your family and possibly your neighbors if you live close to someone or in an apartment? Do you think it is wise to get an electric guitar with a screaming amp or is it smarter to get an acoustic guitar that you can play quietly? I'll let you be the judge of that. If you start out with an electric guitar you also have to think about the cost of getting an amp as well.
For most people it is best to spend the least amount of money first for a couple of reasons. When learning how to play the guitar, you don't really know how this new instrument will fit in your hands and the kinds and styles of music you will eventually be playing. You also have to think about the size of a guitar in light of the size of your hands. Some people have long skinny fingers and can play a full size guitar and some people have short fat fingers and need a smaller guitar with a wider fretboard. You have to eventually find a guitar that fits your size to be able to play it well.
Other things to consider about a guitar are do you you want an acoustic that you can plug into an amp (I think that is essential), what kind of case do you want for your guitar (that's also essential), do you want a guitar with a thin neck or a fat neck (some people like a meaty feel to their guitar while others like a light feeling instrument) and then there is the aesthetics of your instrument that don't really effect the playing or sound, but they do affect the way your instrument looks. I mean, who doesn't want a nice looking guitar?
When looking for the best guitar for beginners there are many things to take into consideration, but the best thing to do is probably not to spend over $300 and to try out several instruments and several different music shops before you make a final decision. Once you get your first guitar and start learning the ropes you will then begin to see what you like about your instrument and what you don't like about it. Then when you have all that figured out and finally decide that you are going to stick with this thing, you can later trade in your first guitar for an instrument that fits exactly your style, ability and future plans for guitar playing.