We all have to start somewhere, right? Once you've selected your weapon, er, instrument, of choice, you can master the basics with just your phone or computer as your guide.
Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar, $200, amazon.com.
Choosing the very first song you'll ever learn to play is an intimidating task, but Jellynote makes that easy for you. You can search through its collection of more than 400,000 songs by skill level, genre, or artist. Once you make your pick, you'll learn each chord with simple diagrams and YouTube tutorials, before you try playing along with the real thing. You can adjust any song's tempo if you want to take it slow so you can get it just right.
Jellynote, free, iOS and Android.