Does your child want to learn guitar? Here’s what you should consider when choosing an acoustic guitar for kids.
Your child has expressed an interest in learning to play acoustic guitar. Great! But now it’s your turn to figure out what to look for in an acoustic guitar for kids.
There are a ton of brands, models, wood types, string types and more out there. So it can be a daunting decision to figure out which acoustic guitar to buy.
That’s why we put together this post. It has all the important things to know when picking an `acoustic guitar for kids.
So you’ll be able to buy with confidence, knowing you got an acoustic guitar that will make your child want to play every day!
Sound interesting? Keep reading to find out more.
Decide on a Price Range
Guitars can vary drastically in price. So you don’t want to learn all about one brand or model, decide it will be perfect for your kid, and then have sticker shock when you find out the price.
At the very least, set an upper limit for yourself. While it’s not recommended to get the cheapest guitar possible, there are solid acoustic guitars available that won’t break the bank.
Plus, it’s always possible that your child will decide guitar isn’t for them, or they will grow tired of it.
Hopefully, that won’t be the case, because music education is incredibly valuable for kids. But if it is, at least you won’t have thrown down a ton of money for something that will sit in the corner of the room.
As we said above, you should avoid guitars that are on the lowest level, price-wise. Anything under $100 is likely to be poorly made, with materials that won’t hold up. And more importantly, very cheap guitars tend to be difficult to play.
The action on the fretboard, which refers to how hard it is to press your fingers down on the strings, will often be very high in cheap guitars.
So your kid will likely have trouble physically playing the instrument. And that will mean they are much less likely to want to continue practicing and playing.
That said, there are a lot of reputable guitars that can be found in the $200 to $300 range.
Looking at A Specific Guitar
Once you’ve narrowed down your price range, you’ll want to go take a look at specific guitars. While it is possible to order online and buy them without feeling them, it’s always a good idea to inspect the specific instrument you’re buying.
First, ensure that it’s the right size for your child. When you pick up the guitar, make sure it feels solid and not flimsy. Look at all the joints and the seams of the guitar to make sure they look well connected. Look down the fretboard to make sure it doesn’t look twisted.
Try running your hand along the neck of the guitar to feel it there is uniformity and smoothness going along. You don’t want any of the frets (the metal bars along the fretboard) to be sticking out more than the others.
Finally, press down on the strings of the guitar and compare it to other guitars you are considering. If it’s harder to push down, then you’ll want to stay away from that acoustic guitar.
Finding the Right Acoustic Guitar For Kids
Hopefully, now you have a good sense of what to look for when buying an acoustic guitar for kids.
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