One of the most common questions I get asked by those interested in learning guitar is "what guitar should I buy?" or "how do I know if I'm buying the right guitar?". It's a good question to be sure- after all, if you're going to be investing your time and your money into something you want it to be worth the cost. At the same time there are a number of factors that go into making the decision which make it not an easy question to answer.
The best thing you can do if you're interested in buying your first guitar is to take along a friend who is already an adept musician and will be able to help you check for things with the guitar you might not think to look for. Additionally, you and your friend should plan out several different shops to visit on a weekend, they'll have different options and may even have a better price on a guitar you really like than a competitor does.
Okay- so the big day is here, you have your musician buddy ready to help and you know where you want to look. But what are you actually looking for?