Yeah, that effin F bar chord was not my friend when I started playing guitar. I forgot when it stopped hurting, and if it was before or after the 6-month mark. The guitar I learned to play on was a steel string acoustic my roommate bought at the swap meet for $30. Don't remember how heavy gauge the strings were but I do remember they were pretty high off the fretboard. An electric guitar with light strings and fairly low action is nice to have when you're starting out - kinder to the hands, so you can focus more on learning to play instead of fighting the instrument all the time.