#1
anything I should look out for in particular? anything I should avoid buying? I'm trying to hunt down a guitar and an amp... hopefully I'll find something good.
#2
Avoid anything in bad condition because I don't think you're used to fixing them up. Look for older guitars, because most pawn shops will sell newer models at an unreasonable price because they know how much it should cost - they don't know as much about old guitars, so you'll get one cheaper.

Oh, and I don't know about the amp... As long as you play it and everything sounds and looks right and the price is good - go for it.
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