For those of us in the same boat - any recommendations for an inexpensive starter guitar?
Well you're gonna be out $80-$100 probably no matter what. But any local music store will have starter guitars and sometimes used beginner guitars for that price. Given that Rocksmith isn't very precise either, I wouldn't spend more than that until you decide if you like playing and actually want to invest. Quality isn't that big a deal when you're just starting out.