So Ralph has decided that he’s going to learn guitar. That’s all well and good but there’s the problem of getting a good one to learn on. He doesn’t know the first thing about buying musical instruments of any flavor. He asked me but I probably know less about such things than Ralph does.
The only advice I could give him is to check with people that do know. If for you don’t know anyone that knows about the thing you’re looking to buy then the next best thing is to search it up on the web and go to sites that sell and talk about the thing you’re buying and read lots of reviews. Reviews that are written by people who have bought the item and are not connected in any way to those who make and sell it are the kind you want to see.
These are the reviews that are most likely to point out a flaw or bug and explain why they didn’t like this or that feature about it.
Lots of people are willing to write all positive or all negative in their reviews but you want to look for the ones that can see both the good and bad features and just lay out the facts without a bunch of emotionalism that is really out of place.