I often read, and have heard many people say, that a good idea for a beginner guitarist is a cheap guitar and a tiny, cheap amp. I don't understand... music teachers on other instruments, like violin, brass, etc, will always tell students to buy as quality as can possibly be afforded. Everyone knows how dung-awful most FeeBay "student" instruments are. You wouldn't tell a student in culinary school to buy a set of knives from the flea market. you wouldn't go buy a kid's first car because it was the cheapest you could get away with just to see if they had any interest. I've always told students to buy something that you don't need to make excuses for later, like "cheap tuners that don't hold" or "amp too small and caca-sounding for anything but an amplified noise". Resale value is tough to assess even on better instruments. The resale on the off-off-brand St*t-ish thing with the amp the size and quality of a shoebox? they sit on CL for weeks at $50 and no one wants them. Thoughts?