If you already own a guitar you may not need to buy a new guitar for your child. However, it is important to realize that “hand me down” guitars may not work well for young students. For children, there are really two main factors: size and playability. A guitar that is easy to hold and easy to play will improve your child’s learning experience dramatically.
Fortunately, quality guitars are available in ½ and ¾ sizes at inexpensive prices. This page will provide you with guitar recommendations according to your student’s age range. For kids ages 4-6, we recommend ½ size guitars, for kids ages 7-10, we recommend ¾ size guitars, and for kids ages 11 and up, we recommend full size guitars.
We try to highlight the very best in guitars and related equipment, hoping to keep you up-to-date on where you can find the best “bang for your buck” gear on the market. Our goal is simply to help you locate the best equipment at the best prices – quickly and easily!
Ages 11 and up
Electric Guitar Accessories
½ size Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha CGS102A Half-Size Classical Guitar
This guitar is easy for a very young child to hold and play. Highly recommended for kids aged 4-6.
¾ size Electric Guitar
Fender Squier MINI Stratocaster
Electric short scale guitars are great for kids. Note: A Guitar amp is required for electric guitars.
¾ size Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
Fender Beginner Acoustic MC-1
This nylon string guitar is easy for a child to hold and play. A good choice for kids who may have sensitive fingers.
¾ size Steel String Acoustic Guitar
Oscar Schmidt OG1 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
This is a steel string guitar that works for kids ages 7-10.
Ages 11 and up
Full Size Electric Guitar
Fender Squier Bullet Stratocaster
Full size electric guitars are a good choice for older kids who are 11 and up. Note: A guitar amp is required for electric guitars.
Full Size Acoustic Guitar
Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar
If your child is 11 or older, a full size acoustic guitar is another good option. Note: A full size acoustic guitar may still be too large for some kids 11 and up. If your child is small for his or her age, consider a ¾ acoustic size guitar or a full size electric instead.
Guitar Amplifier and Cable
A guitar amplifier and cable are required when using electric guitars. The guitar “amp” amplifies the sound produced by the guitar, enabling a guitarist to adjust the volume when performing. As an option, a guitarist can plug a set of head phones into the amp to practice quietly. Fortunately, there are several good quality, low-cost amps available. As a result, an electric guitar system is usually not much more expensive than an acoustic guitar.
A guitar cable, generally an inexpensive and durable item, must be used to plug an electric guitar into an amplifier. There are multiple lengths to choose from, and we recommend a length of 5 feet or more.
Fender Frontman 10G
This light weight (8.5 pound) good quality amp includes an auxiliary input jack for jam-along with Media Player or CD and an output jack for silent practice
Hosa Cable GTR210
A guitar cable must be used to connect the guitar to the amplifier. This 10 foot cable is reasonably priced, good quality and very reliable.