#1
I'm really excited for it.

I've always wanted to play the guitar, don't know why I put it off so much. Due to my lack of guitar knowledge I had to use advice from friends to find out what's best for me.

But yeah, I ended up getting a white upgraded Schecter Hellcat Diamond Series for $280

Can't wait to play it, at the moment I'm just using my dads acoustic guitar, mainly playing beginner stuff ...but I find playing the tiny part of Smoke in the Water over and over and over again really awesome
#2
Good for you. Don't feel bad about starting late, as I waited until I was 31. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded.