Figuring out how to find a great first-time guitar can be a challenge in itself, but what to do when you’re looking for a child? Have no fear, guitar instructor Matthew K. is here! Read on for some professional insight, purchase recommendations, and how to find the best guitars for kids…
Learning to play the guitar can be the most exciting time in a child’s life so it’s important to choose a guitar that fits! Full-size guitars can be too big and bulky for a child’s small hands to work around, which can be extremely frustrating and result in aggravation directed at the parents or the teacher. Nobody wants that frustration!
To help your child love playing guitar, I have selected a list of five guitars that, in my eyes, are the best five guitars for kids. The list includes both acoustic and electric guitars. Just keep in mind if you go with an electric guitar, you will have to buy an amp to accompany it. The following are in no particular order since it’s most important to try guitars out in the store and see what works for your child. Let’s get started!
Yamaha has a reputation of making great affordable acoustic guitars. Their ¾ size JR1 is no exception. This one is modeled after Yamaha’s famous FG folk guitar series, and has a great tone for such a small-bodied guitar.
It’s listed at $129.99 on Sweetwater.com.
Ibanez PF2MH Performance 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
I actually own this guitar and love it. Personally, I use it as my travel guitar, but it’s also a great guitar for beginners. The neck is very easy to maneuver, and the sound it produces is almost of full size quality.
It too is listed at $129.99 on Sweetwater.com.
Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo
If the electric guitar is more your kid’s style, the Squier Fender Bullet Stratocaster HSS is an excellent choice. Modeled after the American Series Fender Stratocaster, the Squier Bullet is the perfect electric guitar to get your child excited about music.
It can be found for $129.99 on Amazon.com.
4) Epiphone Les Paul 100
This guitar is slightly more expensive, but tonally superior. If you’re more of a Gibson than a Fender person, this is the guitar. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is a slimmer guitar, so it is perfect for a beginner with smaller hands. It is a little more expensive, but this is a guitar that will remain in their collection for some time.
It can be found on Sweetwater.com for $269.00. The bag and amp are sold separately.
5) Martin LXM Little Martin
This little guitar was just made famous by Ed Sheeran. Extremely playable, it sounds like a full-size Martin. It may be a bit more expensive than the rest, but this is a guitar that should last your child a lifetime.
GuitarCenter.com has it listed for $299.99.
There are many guitars for kids out there, so hopefully this list will help to narrow your search. Remember that it’s important to try before you buy- especially for beginners, so don’t just buy online! Once you’re all set with an instrument, you’ll be ready to find your child the right guitar teacher and get rocking!
Matthew K. teaches guitar, piano, and music theory lessons in Brooklyn, NY. He studied music composition at Mercyhurst University, and he has been teaching lessons for four years. Matthew is available to teach in-person lessons as well as online via Skype. Learn more about Matthew here!
Photo By Eric Peacock