What is the best guitar for children to learn on?

My daughter is almost 8 years old and wants to learn how to play guitar. I know that I should get her a 3/4 scale one to begin with, and I know that electric is easier to play than acoustic, but what guitar is best? Would the Squier mini strat be good?

Chosen Answer:

Electric and acoustic both have the same fundamentals. If you buy her an electric, then you also need an amplifier and speakers (and ear plugs for yourself!). You might consider getting her a teacher first and then going with the recommendation of the teacher. As far as I know, the traditional way is to start with a student acoustic. Learn the fundamentals of fingering, strumming, finger picking, chords. At some point, your daughter will tell you if she wants to move to electric or move up to the next level of acoustic. My other piece of advice is to purchase the instrument from a music store, not a department store. The music store knows that if she sticks with it, they will get more business from her. Therefore, they will not sell you a piece of junk that will hurt her fingers and discourage her. With a non-music store, they’re thinking: “One and done. See ya.” Plus, at some point, every student exclaims, “My guitar sucks!” This is an expression of frustration with the pace of mastering the instrument. If you have a good quality instrument, you’re in a better position to handle this. For example, I had a nephew who was at this stage. I asked to see his guitar. When I played a song, his jaw dropped, as if he was thinking, “My guitar doesn’t suck!” He went back into it and is writing songs now.
by: joedlh
on: 3rd July 08

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6 Responses to What is the best guitar for children to learn on?

  1. joedlh says:

    Electric and acoustic both have the same fundamentals. If you buy her an electric, then you also need an amplifier and speakers (and ear plugs for yourself!). You might consider getting her a teacher first and then going with the recommendation of the teacher. As far as I know, the traditional way is to start with a student acoustic. Learn the fundamentals of fingering, strumming, finger picking, chords. At some point, your daughter will tell you if she wants to move to electric or move up to the next level of acoustic. My other piece of advice is to purchase the instrument from a music store, not a department store. The music store knows that if she sticks with it, they will get more business from her. Therefore, they will not sell you a piece of junk that will hurt her fingers and discourage her. With a non-music store, they’re thinking: “One and done. See ya.” Plus, at some point, every student exclaims, “My guitar sucks!” This is an expression of frustration with the pace of mastering the instrument. If you have a good quality instrument, you’re in a better position to handle this. For example, I had a nephew who was at this stage. I asked to see his guitar. When I played a song, his jaw dropped, as if he was thinking, “My guitar doesn’t suck!” He went back into it and is writing songs now.

  2. RR Guy says:

    ya defanitly a squier mini strat

  3. Tyson says:

    I would get here an acoutic just because that is usually what people get when they are beginners. An electric guitar will also cause a lot of annoying sounds for beginners. I started out with an acoustic and I’m glad I did just because it is, I think, easily to play and catch your mistakes.

  4. slash says:

    electric is probably harder to play. Also, then you have to deal with an amp. I would get a 3/4 acoustic guitar. Those are very good to learn, are much lighter so your kid can use it more easily, and simpler for them to grasp without the added difficulty of using an amp to perfection.

  5. Mark says:

    Get an electic and keep an eye here:

    http://www.nextlevelguitar.com/go.php?offer=poglia&pid=1

    I actually learned how to play here… GREAT!

  6. Bob says:

    heres a simple answer
    acoustic guitar

    nylon strings

    low action(the distance between the strings and the fret
    board should be extremely sensitive to get best performance)

    good solid design nothing she can just grow out of in a year

    and 3/4 scale(of course)
    good luck with your search
    giving music to a child is something truly beautiful
    if u follow my guide your daughter will be able to reach her full potential

    p.s and if you dont shes gonna find it to hard to learn and just quit
    p.s.s guitar center is the best place to buy a guitar

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