Short scale guitars for kids...

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  1. blacai

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    I say: go full-sized.
     
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    Agree with starting them on the full-size. Just look at Angus Young play if there's any doubt about a l'il guy being able to play a bigger guitar. :lol:

    But that orange Jackson, though. Kids' toys are so much better nowadays.
     
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    How grown is the child in question?

    Sit them down with a 24.75" scale and see how they handle plinking around the first 3 frets. If they can reach ok, go full size.
     
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    these small kid guitars are built on a false premise.

    The nut isn't significantly shorter so it's not like it's easier for little fingers to bar.

    It doesn't make it any easier to do super complex chords which they won't be doing anyway.

    Just go full size. and teach them to shred like that one Chinese girl.
     
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    He is almost 6 yo and around 120cm (maybe a little shorter
     
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    He can probably handle full size.

    At 6yo he may not stick with it, and its easier to move a full size one.
     
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    I snagged a 3/4 size Strat copy for each of my little ones. They sound surprisingly awesome! For a 6 year old I say go for it; they can always migrate later to a full size guitar when needed.
     
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    I'd try a Ukulele while he's still that small. They're compact, have narrow necks and his fingers can get used to the mechanics. With small children it's also helpful if they can achieve first goals (i.e. play songs they like) quickly to get a positive feedback loop started...
     
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    Agreed, only guitar seems to cater to children/left handed - no other instrumentalists seem to worry about it. I wonder if that's because guitar entails physically larger stretches - I don't know.
    A ~22" guitar is only like playing a normal guitar with a capo on the 2nd fret. Not that much different at all. I could see true 3/4 size under 20" being a good idea if you did want something smaller though.
     
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    Start em on a real guitar! Sure, Lisa X might be an outlier in terms of skill for her age, but small hands and arms doesn't physically stop her from shredding a J. Custom...
     
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    My son is 10 this year and has recently started guitar lessons on a nylon string. his guitar teacher suggested a 3/4 size instrument so that's what we got him. He likes to play my guitars but frankly it is easier for him to reach even simply chords on a smaller scale neck.

    We haven't got him a 3/4 scale electric yet, but I'm also considering one of those Ibanez PGMs for him. I'll let him try it out to see if he wants one though or if he'd rather go straight for a full size of his own.
     
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    every time I read someone in this forum saying "....because I have small hands" as an excuse, I think about this girl and others prodigy kids around.... And then I look at my bass
     
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    Hey Man,

    I teach a lot of kids, I recommend the 3/4th size for a 6 year old. Most of them actually play and sound great! Hell, I want one for myself just because they are a joy to play with the lighter string tension due to the scale length.

    I've had a lot of luck with the SX brand by Rondo music. A lot of folks here say full size, and that's great, but for a 6 year old I think its to much. I have a lot of students that are 10-11 and still use, prefer, and look correct with a 3/4th size instrument. :2c:

    Best of luck hunting!
     
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    thanks for the answers. I will let him play one of my LPs and them a 22'' and check what feels better for him. Actually a 22'' doesn't make a big difference but better try them.
    I played a couple this weekend and they sound quite good but I have big hands and stretched fingers...
     
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    Right-O
    I have 2 of them- they actually ooze Strat tone (not a toy)
     
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    There are always fender duo-sonics they have a hs version out and are 24 inch scale. they seem as solid as far as mexican fenders go.
     
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    In other news, a pink Ibby Mikro is an excellent excuse to blow $150 on something that looks jem-ish. I love those little things.
     
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    Maybe I should buy one just for testing purposes...
     
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    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    Heh. My go to "quit your bullshit" statement when people say that is "Sure, Steve Vai has alien hands. So what? Yngwie sure as fuck doesn't, you telling me the man can't play?"
     

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