I empathize on how frustrating it can be when first taking up a guitar, or ANY instrument for that matter! Two of my sons happen to be "virtuosos" on guitar, so I figured, "Hey, if it's so easy even my two boys can play like that after only two lessons, why not give it a go". So one birthday a few years ago, my wife said "why don't you go to Daddy's Junky Music store and pick out a gift for yourself, so you can get it out of your system". Well, I didn't want to involve the boys, so I went on my own. I had seen the guitars around my sons' homes, so I kinda had an idea of what to look for. But I didn't want to dish out the kind of dough that they did, especially IF the guitar might be with me for only a few months! So, I swallowed my pride and asked the sales guy what acoustic would be good for a novice. He showed me a few Japanese models, and some other imports. Taking them down off the wall, he directed me to the "sound room" where I could go in, shut the door and pretend I was playing some tunes, when the ONLY chord I knew was a simple 12 bar blues riff. Then suddenly, I spotted this beautiful deep mahogany Washburn, not quite a Dreadnaught but a fairly large instrument non the less. I slid it over my shoulder, and started my 12 bar blues. It was instant love, the sound was SO mellow and deep it almost put me to sleep. The price was in the right ballpark, something like $325 if I recall correctly, and to "sweeten the deal, they even threw in a genuine simulated leather (cardboard) carrying case, a canvas strap, and FIVE picks of my choosing!
After about four years of an "off and on" affair with this mahogany beauty, the love began to cool. So, one fine day,(another birthday no less) I packed up my Washburn and headed for the music shop again. This time, I had done a bit more research, and sort of knew what I would be looking for. I knew it had to be a single cut-away, electric-acoustic, and preferably Fishman electronics. After perusing the walls for a half-hour or so, I spotted this gorgeous flame-grained Caribbean sea blue cut-away. When the salesman brought it down, I saw that it was an Ibanez #AEF-30, with Fishman Electronics, a mahogany fretboard, electric-acoustic with quarter inch AND heavy duty amp connections. If the Washburn was "love at first sight", this one was more of a "I want this little "Seducer" no matter HOW much she costs!" So I took it into the sound room, and by this time, in addition to my Blues Riffs, I had learned to play the D, G, F, and E chords ! (problem being I had difficulty stringing them together because of my "short" fingers!) so I did the best I could, but it didn't really matter what it sounded like, "I had fallen for a pretty face", and she was going to be mine, no matter what. Years later, I've added a blue Strat to my collection and a full set of Lee Oskar & Hohner Harmonicas in every key. If I was to be totally honest, I do much-much better with the Harps than the guitars. I have never played the guitars in public (and never will), but have sat in with my son's band "Mass-Confusion" playing harp on a few songs.