It is essential for anyone learning the guitar to have their own instrument. It is sometimes possible to borrow a guitar for the first lesson, but you will not be able to take this guitar home with you. If you do not have your own guitar at home then you will not be able to practice and your progress will be seriously hampered, if there is any progress at all. Once you have your own guitar then you will be able to practice at home regularly as well as bring the guitar to the lesson to learn on. If you purchase an electric guitar then you do not need to bring the amplifier to the lesson since there is one available for students to use.