Your kid wants to rock! ..or not?! Should you buy an acoustic first? Which choice is better: to follow kid’s desire or looking for a more-academic and classical approach?
These are the usual questions the parents face when their kids are about to start guitar lessons. There is one very important fact to consider here:
Kid’s motivation is rule number one
You child is maybe too chaotic in choosing toys, then you throw them away. That’s fine, most of the children are just like this. The thing is that the guitar is NOT a toy. Actually, a musical instrument could be a friend for life and you never know for sure if this would happen to your kid. This is a serious stuff to think about as the music is a whole universe and there are many ways to start swimming in there.
While growing up your little prince/princess will clearly remember the very first meeting with his/her instrument and the power of inspiration that brought him/her there. So, no compromises. If your kid wants an electric – buy electric. Later, in future, you may want ot sell it because it started to catch dust, but the importance of the root moments will push your kids far enough to fully test their musicianship for real.
Practically, there are 4 categories of guitar for kids depending on age and you might need to know more about sizes:
If you need a selection of some nice models we have chosen for you, let’s dive into the list of such guitars.
The Squier Mini electric guitar is a totally capable starter electric guitar. With 20 frets and a 22.75” string scale length, it’s perfect for small hands. Featuring 3 single-coil Stratocaster pickups, master volume and tone controls, rosewood fretboard, and a hard-tail bridge it has many of the same attributes as its bigger iconic sibling- the Fender Stratocaster.
Squier by Fender Mini Strat also makes a wonderful travel companion for the seasoned player or any beginner. Don’t be fooled by size or price this is a legitimate instrument from a company with 60 + years making iconic instruments.
The Ibanez Mikro 3/4 scale electric guitar is perfect for last minute rehearsals, running scales while waiting for downloads, young rockers just joining the fray or anyone who just wants a smaller neck and body. Not to be confused with other small guitars, the Ibanez Mikro is no toy.
Mikro features the same construction, high quality and careful set-up of the Ibanez full size GRX and GRG models. Mikro’s 22″ inch scale length (standard guitars feature a neck scale from 24 3.4″ to 25 1/2″) makes it the right choice for beginner players or pros practicing on the tour bus.
This is almost an adult instrument, but it suits best for 9-13 years old rockers. A great piece of art and kids will love this “Iron Man” picture painted on it’s body!
Recreation of the popular Guitar to a 3/4 scale Junior Jr fit for kids to rock out! Featuring a built in speaker (requires amp), the Viper Jr will allow kids to put on a show for their friends and family without the hassle of lugging around big old speakers. At only 36″, this guitar will fit comfortably in the arms on your child and is a great way to introduce them to a real playing guitar!
Yamaha made the JR1 for the younger player or anyone who is more comfortable with a smaller-bodied acoustic. Carefully selection of woods. Features include a spruce top, nato neck, rosewood fingerboard and meranti body for solid, bright tonality and great looks, and chrome hardware. JR1 is great as a travel guitar and for a first guitar for a child. Easy and fun to play.