Since I'm just starting out, I'm trying to find a cheap guitar for less than $100. So far the best deal I found was a set with everything you needed to learn the guitar for $150 at Guitar Center. I also saw two for $80 bucks but they were super high and I was too timid to ask about it being new to guitar shopping.
Today I went to Sam Ash and a kind gentleman offered me some tips for my guitar search. He recommended a classical guitar with nylon strings so my fingers would get used to it. Then the sales associate gave me three cardinal rules for guitar shopping.
First, he said that 85% of the rules was the rule #1-it has to feel right. "When it feels right, you'll know," he said. I didn't realize shopping for a guitar was like shopping for a boyfriend....
Rule #2 was that it had to sound good. He said sounds can be changed but if it doesn't feel right, then it won't matter how good it sounds. Feel is the most important factor to consider when looking for the right guitar, especially because you want to find a guitar that you'll actually play and not get discouraged when first learning.
Rule #3 was if it looks good too, then you got lucky, but the first two rules are more important.
I'm glad I encountered these gentleman. They've been more than helpful on this little guitar journey off mine.