If you want to learn to play, of course, you will need a guitar to play. You will also need an amp and a cord to connect the two. Electrics can be easier to play and you need to find one with good action so the strings are sticking up too high off of the neck. This will slow down your speed and make it much harder to play.
There are a few knobs and switches that you need to learn to use. Most electric guitars will have a volume knob and a tone knob. There will also be a pickup switch and sometimes there will be 5 and some will have three. This changes which pickups are being used.
You will use different pickups for rhythm playing and a different one for lead playing. For beginners, you can just keep the switch in the middle until you get better and learn more songs.
It’s gonna take some practice to get started, but you might be surprised at how many songs are played using only 3 simple chords. The first 3 that you should become familiar with are a G, C and D chord.
Here is a video showing you how to play these chords to get you started. Just keep practicing these for about two weeks and get the calluses on your fingers built up. If you can practice every day for two weeks, you could very well have what it takes to stick with it and learn.
Practice, practice, practice and you will soon be changing positions quicker and your guitar playing will actually start to begin sounding like music. All it takes is to get through the first couple week, build up your calluses and get your fingers to move between the strings and you will start hearing songs when you start strumming. Don’t give up and check out the site for other useful videos that can really help you along.