Your first guitar doesn’t have to be your best guitar, but it’s really the most important as this is what you will use to begin with, It must be comfortable and match your size as well as your preferred type of music. There is a whole range of styles, shapes and sizes of kids guitars available, there is no clear choice which one is best. The main thing is that the kids are happy with their choice.
The things to check when purchasing a guitar for kids are:
- Consider the type of Guitar
One of the first choices is whether you need to get an acoustic or electric guitar. There really are pros and cons for both, but it depends of the type of sound required. If there is no clear choice most people chose an acoustic guitar because it offers the best value for money spent
An acoustic guitar is for those who want to play:
Folk, indie rock, country or soft blues as this allows for layered tones of chord patterns as well as rhythmic strumming
If your choice of music is classic style rock, punk, funk or hard blues, then an electric guitar is probably better suited to you
- Comfort and Ease of Playing
Learning to play guitar requires a lot of practice so it’s important that the guitar you choose is comfortable and suits your size. Having a guitar that hurts your hand to play or is too heavy is a sure way for someone to lose interest in playing.
- Developing finger strength
This comes with practice over time and dexterity soon develops, but an acoustic guitar can be harder to play because you need to push harder than you would with an electric guitar
- Small Hands
Because electric guitars have thinner necks and lighter strings, they are easier to play than acoustic guitars so are often better suited for a kids guitar
- Weight and Comfort
It’s important that the guitar you chose doesn’t give you a sore back and neck because of its weight so chose a light model
The area that you live in can influence the type of guitar that’s best for you
- Noise Restrictions
Some places such as living in a shared apartment or dormitory may have noise restrictions so practicing on an acoustic guitar could be difficult, but with an electric guitar almost impossible unless you’re plugged in to air phones, in which case an electric guitar may be the best solution
- Limited space
Having limited space may mean that you don’t have room for peddles and a large amp, so an acoustic guitar may suit you better
- Power Restrictions and Travel
If you wish to take your guitar with you while traveling usually an acoustic guitar is the better choice as you’re not limited to venues with power and can play anywhere
When you’re looking to purchase a kids guitar apart from monetary considerations which can be an important deciding factor the most important things are to get a guitar that is the right match for the player. This includes the type of guitar as some kids want to play classical, some acoustic and others are set on playing electric. Size and weight matter too.