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Starter Acoustic Guitar for kids

 
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Thom
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject: Starter Acoustic Guitar for kids Reply with quote

Any shortscale parents have any recommendations for guitars for kids starting to learn? My eldest daughter is going to be 9 in August and wants a guitar for her birthday. Originally I was thinking something nylon string to make it easier to play, but not sure that will cut it. She likes the look of the new Fender California acoustics, the one I looked at was 24" scale and a small-ish neck so that might be an option.
Any advice on what is good/bad from your experience would be great. Cheers.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my pupils has one of those and it's nice, if unspectacular. It sounds alright, buy it's easy to play and looks cool, and those are probably more important.

I'd shy away from nylon stringed also. The size of the fretboard can make fretting difficult for small fingers and it's pretty much a different instrument.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a nylon string as my first guitar, aged 10. I wasn't keen and it kind of dulled some of my initial enthusiasm for playing. Like Paul says, it's almost a different instrument really.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect, thanks guys. Paul - sounds ideal for what she wants. She likes the Malibu in Aqua so clearly gets her taste from me!
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a small Yamaha JR1. A solid instrument that even your grandchildren might play

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another option might be one of the cheaper sigmas. If she's right handed she can borrow mine for a month or two to see how she gets on (I've broken my hand so don't really need it).
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MY DRUMMER HAS THAT JR YAMAHA


ITS THE FIRST THING I PICK UP AND PLAY WHEN I WALK IN THE DOOR EVERY TIME I GO OVER THERE. ITS FUNNNNN
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
Another option might be one of the cheaper sigmas. If she's right handed she can borrow mine for a month or two to see how she gets on (I've broken my hand so don't really need it).

Thanks Paul, appreciate it. I think your first comment was important, and that's the look of the guitar. I think the colours of the Fender series make them more appealing to a 9 year old and maybe more likely to play it/stick with it. I think I saw some in Mansons the other week so will go check them out.
Sorry to hear you broke your hand!
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely don't overlook a proper set-up and manageable strings; I don't think I would have ever stuck with it if I'd started out on some of the low-end acoustics I've played over the years.

Fortunately, those one-string Iron Maiden riffs sounded amazing on my mum's classical guitar
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thom wrote:
Bacchus wrote:
Another option might be one of the cheaper sigmas. If she's right handed she can borrow mine for a month or two to see how she gets on (I've broken my hand so don't really need it).

Thanks Paul, appreciate it. I think your first comment was important, and that's the look of the guitar. I think the colours of the Fender series make them more appealing to a 9 year old and maybe more likely to play it/stick with it. I think I saw some in Mansons the other week so will go check them out.
Sorry to hear you broke your hand!


There's also a lot of value in it being her own guitar that she can cherish.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doog wrote:
Fortunately, those one-string Iron Maiden riffs sounded amazing on my mum's classical guitar

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a Ibanez or Gretsch parlour guitar? Nice and good sounding guitars with a shorter scale. But watch out not all parlour guitars have shorter scales.

Take a look at this, this guitar costs about 180 euro new in Europe.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJofYjk_Sl0
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the Gretsch Jim Dandy parlour ain't bad, but all 3 that I've played needed the action brought down; at that price point, most shops just sling them on the shelves straight from the box.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why I love the guitar so much though....Sad


Every time I pick one up at a shop I'm like this feels like I set this up, people are going to hate it. But it's for me
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