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Buying Guitars For Kids
By Kathy McBain
One of the first, and most important, things that you'll want to consider when purchasing for kids is the age of the child who would like to learn to play the guitar. Ideally, a child will start playing around the time he/she is nine or ten. A child who starts much younger than this may not have the finger strength to learn effectively. If you have a very young child who is interested in learning to play the guitar, it may be wise to start them out on a ukelele - they are smaller and easier to play, but still allow your child to learn the basics.

One of your next major decisions is going to be whether to purchase a new or a used guitar. Many people are tempted to purchase a garage sale special, but it's important that you know you are getting a quality instrument. There are good deals to be had on used guitars, however, many people accidentally purchase an instrument that is barely playable. The result is a child who will give up in frustration, or repair bills that will far exceed the cost of a new starter instrument. If you are planning to purchase a used guitar, make sure that you have it checked out before purchasing.

Your child may want to start out with an electric guitar, but the fact is that classical are the easiest for children to learn on. If possible, steer your child to a classical guitar first and have them move up to an electric guitar as they hone their skills. They are more likely to stick with playing if they have an easy time learning how to play.

The size of the guitar that you end up buying for your child is important as well. You may want to consider purchasing a 3/4 size guitar. They are easier for young children to play and because often hold their value if they are properly cared for, you can always trade up when your child is ready for a larger instrument.

As you choose for kids, you should keep in mind general buying tips. For example, take the time to look down the neck of the instrument - it should be almost perfectly straight. It's also important to take the time to inspect the body of the guitar for dents, scratches, scuffs, and any other imperfections. If you are purchasing a guitar from a music store, take the time to play it before buying. If you don't know how to play, as the shop owner or sales person to play for you so you can hear how the instrument sounds.

Last, there are often great deals on that can be found online. The drawback to buying a guitar online is that you don't get to hold and play it before making the purchase. However, it's completely safe and okay to purchase a guitar for kids online from a respected retailer like Amazon, Musicians Friend, etc. The most important thing that you should check for before purchasing online is that you'll have a generous return period - at least 30 days. This will allow you to play the guitar and return it if it is not what you expected.

For more information on buying for kids and lots of other guitar-related information, visit the websites listed in the resource box below.

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