Hey people, I am a long time reader, first time poster here at IGT. I have always had a little affinity towards guitars, but lately I have become obsessed by it, and I have decided to buy one. NOTE: I haven’t played guitar or any other musical instrument before. Music that I like: radiohead, led zeppelin, pink floyd, beatles, greenday, the doors, coldplay, sugarcult, metallica, etc. rascal flatts, keith urban, eric clapton, johnny cash, tim mcgraw, etc. A lot of Indian music too – atif aslam, kailash kher, all the good movie songs (both oldies and new), good albums, etc. I really like singing songs and also sometimes writing songs. If I was to be in a band I would like to be the lead singer/composer. So my first confusion was electric or acoustic? I know it all depends on the kind of music I like and would like to play. But the problem is I like them both. My music likings vary a lot. I would like to play metal stuff like master of puppets, but at the same time I love acoustic songs like time of you life. Second problem is budget. I don’t have a job, I am a student (20 yrs old) and I can’t shell out a lot of cash but at the same time I don’t want to buy a cheap badly made guitar. I want to stay away from the Indian brands (unless there is something which is good). I am from Mumbai btw, so I went to town to have a look at some guitars. First I went to bhargavas (the one opposite to furtados at metro). The salesperson there was not at all helpful and was reluctant to show me anything. He said all they have was Ibanez electric guitars and Pluto acoustics. Next I went to furtados. The guys there seemed nice. As soon as I entered the salesperson greeted me and showed me around. I played some Yamaha guitars. People keep saying that one should play the guitar to see if it feels right. I just foolishly plucked the strings because I don’t know what to look for when testing them (any help on this?). The guy kept insisting about Walden guitars but I had never heard the name before (I had done some brand name homework off the internet). They had plenty of greg bentley electric guitars but they were all way out of my budget. Before leaving, I saw a fender squire guitar in a corner which I liked. The Yamaha f210 he showed me was 5.2k(is it nice?) and the fender squire was 11.2k. If I buy the squire, I will need 4k more for an amp. So I am thinking of getting an acoustic now and then later buy an electric when I start earning. The budget from my savings comes to about 6k. Also what’s the deal about cut-away guitars? They look nice, but what are their pros & cons? Are they better for beginners? Are there any good cut-away guitars that fit my budget? I have read and heard about lot of guitars and brands but I didn’t find them at the two shops I went to, like washburn, epiphone, takamine, etc. Where will I get stuff like washburn D10S, epiphone les paul special II, fender acoustics, etc. Please guide me people. Which guitar do you think I should get? Am I making a mistake by going for an acoustic first? Any advice, suggestion, help, is most welcome. Also please tell me, which shop in Mumbai, should I buy the guitar from? PS: Sorry for the long post, but it’s only because I don’t want to go wrong with my first guitar.