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good smaller guitar for kids

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Flatcat, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Flatcat

    Flatcat Member

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    Hey,

    I teach this 8-year old, and he's pretty small for his age (at least I think) but he really loves playing. He has a starter kit (yamaha guitar + amp) but the guitar's still a little too big for him. The tuner knobs on the yamaha are also starting to fail..

    I know there are 3/4 Squiers out there but his parents are telling me that if they buy a smaller guitar for him, they'd like it to be better than the yamaha.

    I'm not sure if I want to tell them to go buy a Squier then...?

    Does anybody know of any other 3/4 sized electric guitars?

    Thanks for your time!
     
  2. danelectro

    danelectro Supporting Member

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    Whatever you do, don't buy a guitar with a whammy bar, otherwise he'll never learn what a tuned guitar sounds like.
     
  3. strat6866

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    My son has a Squier mini (3/4 size) and it works fine. i had to COMPLETELY set it up when we got it home but it plays pretty nice now. size is good for the small hands to learn on. looks pretyy nice too.
     
  4. Rockinrob86

    Rockinrob86 Supporting Member

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    would a fender mustang be too big?
     
  5. pinefd

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    I also feel the Squier would be fine (with a proper setup). I've played them, and they're surprisingly nice guitars for their size and price. Stay far away from the Epiphone Les Paul PeeWee, which is a piece of crap. And FWIW, I'm strictly a Les Paul guy.
     
  6. mmcquain

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    +1 - The mini Squier Strat is what my 8 y/o uses and it is fine after the setup.

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  7. 59Vampire

    59Vampire Silver Supporting Member

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    There is a mini ibanez which is very very nice and it is about 139. Then there is the ESP kirk hammett junior. Its 250 and has skull inlays.
     
  8. straightblues

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    My 8 year old also has a Squier Mini. It is a very good guitar. I play it out sometimes myself just for laughs. It is a real guitar. It gets suprisingly good tone. Some minor setup work and you are set. The orginal pickups are fine. I think this is a guitar that can grow with him. I see him using it for the next several years and probably keeping it forever.
     
  9. Amplite

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    +1 Squire Mini Strat!
     
  10. EADGBE

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    I'd go with a 24 inch scale Fender Mustang.
     
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  12. 59Vampire

    59Vampire Silver Supporting Member

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    LOL I let my son hold my R9 once and he was real nervous! I made him crazy all those time he asked and I said no!
     
  13. cadjack

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    My 10 yr old boy would rather run back to his room and get his Squier Mini than play my '66 'Stang. He prefers the unplugged tone and feel of the Mini to the Mustang.

    Quite the endorsement, eh?
     

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