Kid's Guitars?

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  1. jaxadam

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    My son's birthday is coming up, and I'm looking at getting him a guitar. I told my wife an ideal first guitar is a PRS Private Stock, but I think the size is a little too big, so looking at 30" guitars.

    Any suggestions for you guys with kids out there?
     
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    I'd look at the squier bullet line or ibanez gio. Something with a forearm contour will probably be more comfortable.
     
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    I've always been under the impression that scaled-down beginner guitars tend to be essentially toys. IMO I'd stick with the same starters you'd give anyone else who's serious. There's nothing wrong with Squiers etc. Bonus that you don't have to chuck it aside and get a "real" guitar when they grow out of it.
     
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    If I could go back and change one thing about starting to play the guitar it would be to start on something that was more along the lines of a 24.75" scale. I remember fighting the 25.5" at first.
     
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    Well, he's only going to be 6 so a standard sized guitar is a bit big right now, and he can play any of mine later on.
     
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    Pretty sure @Leon had good luck with a mikro?
     
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    I agree with the Mikro. Or in the used market, look for a Laguna guitars short scale. But, Musiciansfriend.com has the Mitchell short scale on sale right now.
     
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    I'm sure PRS will build you a child-scale Private $tock if you a$k ni$ely so don't let your dreams be dreams!
     
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    The Ibanez PG mini was supposed to be a legit guitar. I have the Jackson mini and it is just okay. It's hard to adjust the action to anything easily playable for a child and it doesnt stay in tune well likely due to the cheap tuners.
     
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    Out of the Mikro and the PGM, I'd choose the PGM. I guess as a birthday present you're planning to keep it as a surprise so you can't show him beforehand? If you could, it would be good to see what excites him more, that'll make him want to pick it up and play with it.
     
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    Well he did just get a brand new 4-wheeler, so I don't think he's gonna really care much about this, but I feel like I at least need to get him something for his birthday!
     
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    The ibby mini destroyers are tons of fun. They actually have good stock pickups too, unlike most cheap ibbys.

    Jackson minions are fun too but they're a lot chintzier in terms of qc/stock parts.
     
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    My son played pgm almost 1 and half year. The guitar sounds and feels not bad at all. Btw, my son is 7 now :)
     
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    Hey man, get the private stock AND a Mitchell short-scale single cut. My daughter loves her Mitchell, and it’s actually pretty well-built.
     
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    i'm not sure if the OP is trolling...or not...i mean, PS PRS or a 30'' baritone for a child?

    assuming its not a troll, then i follow somewhere between the two different schools of thoughts mentioned above:
    buy them a mikro/mini guitar through Jackson or Ibanez. It will be a fun toy for you as you can bend the hell out of them. it will be great for them to get their finger dexterity and get used to it....

    OR

    buy them a gibson scale guitar. Maybe an epiphone or something. This way, they will grow with the guitar, and when they feel at home, pretty much EVERY guitar out there between 24.75 and 25.5 will feel at home (fender/PRS/Gibson inspired guitars, which also include Dean, Jackson, Ibanez, and everything else under the sun)

    the second option will not require them to 'upgrade' right away as they age either. as the Mikro/mini guitars will start feeling cramped sooner or later.
     

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