The Classic scenario is as follows ;- Buy Guitar get Lessons. This is what happens nearly every time, my story too !
The smart way, if you are serious about learning is to get professional advice. Shops can help, but their ultimate aim is to sell product.
My aim is to have a meaningful teaching relationship with a pupil (oh Yeah, and make money too !). As I make my living from teaching, it’s in my interest to get you something you can play, and learn on..
The ideal for me is for you to come see me. For the price of one lesson, I could find out what kind of Instrument would be best, and demonstrate them to you.
For a small outlay, you could avoid wasting money on an inappropriate Guitar, Banjo, or whatever.