In a relatively short time (maybe even a few hours), you can learn 3 or 4 simple chords and will be able to strum through some songs. The more complex the song, the more time and practice it will take to be able to play. As jack 554 implied, even the best guitarists are always practicing and learning.
it depends on how much you want it and how far you push your self to make the achievement practice makes perfect and that's what matters there is no particular time it takes to learn it . it also depend one how fast you keep up its either you need time to obsess or your fast and take it in very quickly.....
Depends how much you practice. I've been playing for 17 years. Define "being able to play". With lots of practice and dedication, maybe 2-3 years to handle the instrument nicely. 10+ years with tons of practice and dedication to play like a professional.
It depends on your learning curve, determination, and opportunities. I, for example, have a high learning curve, but I have no opportunities. I have no $$$ for a personal guitar, and no one I can borrow one from, so it's taking me a LONG time. Make sure guitar is something you truly want to do, then make some time every day to practice and learn some new stuff.
A primeira vez que peguei com compromisso o violão para tocar, consegui formar aos pedaços a melodia da música Medo da Chuva/Raul Seixas. É claro que não levei em conta o tempo da música. Com um mês já tocava umas três completas. O tempo depende da sua percepção musical e de sua dedicação.
The first time I took with commitment to play the guitar, I managed to pieces form the melody of the song Fear of Rain / Raul Seixas. Of course it did not take into account the time of the music. With a month already played about three complete. The time depends on your perception of music and his dedication.