Any recommendations of beginner guitars or keyboards would be great!
Personally I would choose to learn the piano as you then learn to read both treble and bass clefs which will be useful for any other instrument you may learn. It also gives you a good visual understanding of harmony - it's so easy to understand how chords and scales are constructed, just by looking at the keys.
If you decide to get a guitar, there are probably good guitar forums out there where you can get advice.
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However, prefer piano - as you cant stand a pint on a flute (or guitar!)
Bottom line is.... how much space do you have, and how much are you willing to pay?
You have to control strings, which is very time consuming to master. With piano one finger makes one note, no strings attacked so to speak. If you want to learn theory you will have to memorize lot of charts the full length of the fretboard. The pattern only repeats at the 12th fret, so that's a hefty amount of learning for a single set of scales for Major alone! Learning harmony is not so well suited to guitar like it is to piano and you will struggle to have questions answered on guitar forums. The guitar community is heavily centered around learning patterns and modes and therefore devoid of a real culture for music education. Combine this with learning to develop your technique to any meaningful level and you will understand that you have a steep mountain to climb. That said, piano is not easy, I myself am a novice but careful observations of these things are still apparent nonetheless. I do not mean to deter you in choosing guitar; merely I want to help you make a more informed choice.