Such thing as a decent student guitar?

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  1. AndABeer

    AndABeer Proud pappy

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    Was thinking of getting a guitar for my son on his upcoming birthday. He will be 8. Is there such thing as a good student sixe guitar? All links appreciated.
     
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    There are many decent student instruments out there. But buying a smaller "student" sized instrument will soon be outgrown. Still, if all you want to do is see if he is interested in it at all, that may be a good way to go.
    If though you already know he is interested in guitar...

    The main point is to get him a guitar that he will enjoy playing so he sticks with it.
    Take into consideration the size of his hands and his overall interests.

    How much you can afford or are willing to spend will effect the advice you get.
    If he was very serious about wanting to learn, I'd spring for a name brand instrument like a Fender Telecaster and a Fender Blues Jr amp.

    This will give him years of playing "headroom" and you'll be able to sell it and not lose too much of your investment.

    Getting higher level gear for beginners is always a good idea in my opinion.
    Learning on inexpensive equipment is problematic at best.

    Unless you know or have a expert you can turn to, it is easy to buy junk the student won't enjoy playing or learning on.

    Now, it is true that many of our best players learned on less than quality gear simply because that was all they had. But, it certainly isn't necessary to go that route.

    Some links:
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/home/navigation?q=squier

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/shop/home/navigation?q=squier&x=0&y=0

    http://www.guitarnoise.com/article.php?id=362

    http://www.kidsturncentral.com/topics/music/guitar.htm

    And a youngster playing a Epiphone Les Paul style guitar ( a few hundred dollars) and notice his hands are not very large.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaWP-nLlwMk
     

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    Thanks for the reply.

    He is small for his age so I believe a full sized instument would be unplayable. I am willing to spend several hundred $ to get a good first instrument (acoustic) as he has a younger sister and even younger cousins who would be able to try it out eventually.
     
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    Hi, I would think a Baby Taylor would be good. I've played a few of them and easy to play, great sound, and if the youngun doesn't play it, you can.
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/prod...ny-Top-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=514967

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Taylor-Big-Baby-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=514968

    I recently bought a Martin backpacker guitar, not easy to play or hold onto. Sound is rather tinny, it's ok for goofin with but I wouldn't buy it again. The price was good $150.00, so it I bought.
     
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    Looks about right thanks. :thumbsup:
     
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    Its a great time to be a young musician. CNC woodworking has really opened up the field. The so called student guitars of yester year drove off many potential musicians IMHO. When I was first learning we were handed a canoe paddle with 3/4 inch of action and barbed wire for strings. Jimmy Page himself wouldn't have been able to coax a decent tune out of those POS's. Now days for a minimal investment you can get a fine playing instrument that will carry them years into their development. I still have the first guitar I bought with allowances and paper route money back in '84 or so. I have invested money into it through the years to keep it playable. It doesn't hold a candle to my newer purchases, but its my first and I will always own and occasionally play it. Some of the above suggestions are very good. You may wish to check out a few local music stores as well. Play the various smaller bodied guitars and see which ones you like. Note them, then bring your son back to make a final decision. That way it will be truly his, and he will truly treasure it. Good luck, and thank you for taking the time to give a constructive outlet to creative energy.