I am pretty much a newbie to playing guitar and have been reading up on stuff on the internet. One thing that I read about before I got my guitar was the height of the strings from the fretboard. It said that most cheaper guitars have a greater distance meaning that it's tougher than usual on the fingers. So I thought I'd check when I got mine and came out with 5.3(ish!)/32" and figured that is quite high. I thought that the only reason my fingers were hurting was because I was a wimp and had to build up tougher fingertips!
Trouble is, there's not many shops or places to get it altered where I live, although I'm sure if I looked I'd find somewhere. Also, my dad was the one who payed the majority of the money for the guitar and would probably end up paying(you know how it is!), so he's a bit against the idea and thinks it's not completely necessary but I wouldn't have thought it would cost a great deal of money.