I bought my 1st guitar when i was 17.. 1 day after Christmas.. That's what I was really hoping for too. Well my blue Squire Fender was my 1st. Then a year later my grandma bought me my classical guitar.. then while in my army training/A.I.T. in Georgia, I bought my paul reed smith SE Standart. which is my favorite guitar I've been playing guitar since Dec 2005 and I love everything about it! also I am mostly self taught unless reading tabs for a year isn't self taught.. but also I pick up some stuff that my dad shows me.