Childrens Guitars for Kids Information
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You can find a Child Guitar in several sizes, and types and each of these have different characteristics. Child Guitar sizes include 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and of course full size. The three major guitar types are acoustic, classical and electric. Children have little hands so after making a selection about size and type it is important to make sure that your selection will be comfortable for your child. Finally, the guitar should sound good. Imagine trying to play an uncomfortable instrument that is incapable of sounding good. A big part of sounding good is having a guitar which stays in tune. Playing a child guitar which sounds poor would frustrate an adult, it could turn your child off music forever!
Guitars for Kids Childrens Guitars Pick the size that suits your Child!
Guitars for Kids are available in three small sizes. The 1/4 size is suitable for children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. It is usually one of the toy guitars. The 1/2 size child guitar is good for children between 5 and 8 and the 3/4 size guitars for kids fits those from 8 to preteen. Of course if your child is taller then average, the larger size may be suitable. If your child's age is somewhat between two sizes, get the larger size.
From studying the information across various web sites relating to guitars for kids and toy guitars, I have found discrepancies relating to the dimensions of the guitar and the size category. Be very careful of what the seller is call a 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 size guitar. The rules are not set in stone. The following guidelines may assist you. A 3/4 size classical should have an overall length of about 36 inches. An acoustic should be about 38 inches and an electric about 35 inches. A 1/2 size acoustic should have an overall length of about 33 inches, an acoustic about 36 inches and an electric about 33 inches. A 1/4 size classical should have an overall length of about 31 inches, an acoustic about 32 inches and an electric about 31 inches. Hope this helps!
Classical, Acoustic or Electric Child Guitar, Which are the better Guitars for Kids?
Classical Guitars for Kids have nylon strings, so this type of child guitar would initially be easier for your child to play. It takes less strength to press a nylon string then a steel one. Classical guitars tend to have fatter necks, so your child's smaller hands may have trouble forming chord positions. I would recommend steel strings as hand strength is developed rapidly. A Child guitar with good action(small distance between string and fretboard) will be easier for the child to play in only a short time. If your child has a short attention span you might want to start him or her off with the classical guitar. A Classical Guitar is constructed of hardwood, typically has a wide neck and has nylon strings. They have a pleasant sound.
An Acoustic guitar has steel strings. Its has a nice loud sound which can be a little gritty, and models can be found which have very thin necks and great action. Most beginning guitarists start of on an acoustic. For a child, the steel strings of an acoustic guitar can be hard on the fingers but this is true even if the beginning guitarist is older. Within several weeks, enough hand strength is developed to play an acoustic child guitar without a problem. If your child has some determination, the acoustic guitar is probably the correct one to select.
If your child already loves rock, the only selection is an electric child guitar. The electric guitar is similar to a good quality acoustic but electrical guitars are king since a good model has great action, a narrow neck, great style and mechanical adjustments which permits the guitar to be tuned perfectly. Children, depending on age can abuse an instrument and the acoustic or classical guitar cannot be adjusted as easily as an electric. An amplifier is required to support an electric guitar and many parents might think that it would be too loud and might disrupt the household, but electric guitarists often practice without the amplifier turned on. This is not an option with the acoustic or classical child guitar!
Children have little hands they need a child guitar with a narrow neck!
When shopping for a guitar for kids, especially if your child is young,you should pay attention to the guitar neck dimensions. The neck of the guitar must rest in the palm of the child's hand, the thumb at the center of the back of the neck, and the child's fingertips must must be able to comfortably press the strings. You should also take note of the neck shape. Necks come in a variety of shapes, they can be thin, fat, C,U or V shaped. A C shaped guitar neck is better for little hands. Classical Guitar necks are generally thicker and harder for small hands to grasp correctly so that even though it requires less hand strength to fret, the Classical Guitar for Kids may be a Child Guitar which is much more difficult to play.
The Age of your Child is an Important Factor to Consider before Buying one of the expensive Guitars for Kids!
If your child is young, there is no reason to spend a fortune on a Child Guitar. One of the $20 guitars for kids or toy guitars will interest the child and you won't cringe every time your child hits it against a wall when moving from place to place. Older children, those 8 or 9 years old are probably able to handle a more expensive guitar. Cheap guitars lose their adjustments rapidly and often cannot be repaired. The cheaper toy guitars don't sound as nice and have inferior construction. So, in summary, don't spend a fortune for Toy Guitars for young Kids!
Make sure that you get a decent set of strings for your Child Guitar. Users have stated over and over that the strings that come with many of the child guitars are inferior. So just buy a set to go with your child guitar. They are all pretty good in quality so what you pick doesn't matter too much.