When buying a children's guitar, there are lots of options to choose from. Do you buy electric or acoustic? Which size is right? No worries, we are here to answer all your questions! This guide explains what to look for to buy a great, affordable guitar for kids.
Our team enlisted the help of ten young players to test a wide variety of new inexpensive acoustic and electric guitars. The result is this list of the top children’s guitars. Each one offers great quality, superb sound, ease of use, and a low price. Let’s get started!
Guitars come in many different sizes and with lots of different specs, so it can be tricky to pick the right one. Let’s talk about size first. For children's’ guitars, we recommend a length of 30 to 36 inches for kids 6-12 years of age and a length of 36-inches or more for children ages 12 and older. This is of course only a rough guide, and it is always worth double checking the manufacturer’s age recommendations. There are a few additional specs to keep in mind when shopping for a kids’ guitar. Let’s take a look.
The length of a guitar should be age appropriate. Take a look at our recommendations above and also make sure to think ahead as your child will grow and therefore may prefer a slightly larger guitar.
The weight of a guitar is less important than the size, but it is worth comparing. Ultimately, this comes down to personal preference with some children preferring heavier and some lighter guitars.
Acoustic and electric are the two types of guitars you can buy. Both are lots of fun to play and offer different sound styles. In short, this choice is up to your young musician.
For acoustic guitars, we have listed whether or not the set includes a carrying bag. For electric guitars, we show whether or not the reviewed guitar comes with an amplifier.
The Yamaha JR1 is a stylish and great-sounding acoustic guitar that's perfect for young players. Featuring a spruce top with a rosewood fretboard, the JR1 is medium sized and therefore ideal for a wide variety of age groups. Yamaha is a legendary guitar maker and has created an excellent instrument that plays very well and sounds equally impressive. The guitar’s body is very solid, and it is built to last. Yamaha's JR1 offers a high-quality and great sounding guitar that is a fantastic option for children ready to learn how to play. You get much value for your money here, and the guitar will create big smiles for years to come.Check Price Now
The First Act FG127 acoustic guitar is specifically designed for younger players. Featuring thin frets and low string action, small fingers will easily be able to form chords with easy-to-press strings. This makes playing and learning much more fun. The guitar also offers string post covers to protect fingers, and it ships with special cards that are designed to get children playing quickly and easily. Not only is it simple for children to play, but the FG127 also delivers great sound quality and a well-designed experience. The First Act FG127 is an affordable and easily playable guitar for kids, who will love the outstanding sound and low learning curve.Check Price Now
Featuring a classic design and lightweight plywood construction, the Pyle-Pro PGAKT30 is a great guitar for budding young musicians. It is very easy to play thanks to the cutaway style and low string action. The sound is rich and clean, and the PGAKT30 delights anyone who plays it. It features a maple fingerboard for solid playability and the guitar ships with a bag so your child will be able to take it anywhere. The guitar also comes complete with a strap, picks, and a tuner. The Pyle-Pro PGAKT30 combines style and simple playability for children, offering an instrument that sounds great and will make any child eager to learn the guitar.Check Price Now
The beginner DG Starter Guitar package has everything your child needs to learn how to play guitar. The set comes complete with the guitar, extra strings, a pick, and a bag for carrying. This very affordable instrument surprisingly has an excellent sound quality with rich tones. The fun blue coloring makes it as stylish as it is easy to play. The colors are very popular with kids looking for a unique design. When your child wants to start playing guitar, the DG Starter Guitar package is the perfect way to provide them with everything they need to get going at a low price.Check Price Now
The DG Starter Guitar (this one is pink for those looking for a fun color alternative) is an excellent choice for any child ready to learn how to play the guitar. Featuring a Linden wood top and Catalpa neck, the guitar is solidly built and produces a rich, full sound. It is perfectly engineered for children to get the feel of the instrument, with a perfectly-spaced fretboard and low string action. Thanks to the child-centric construction and fun color, the DG Starter Guitar will have your young musician playing with glee.Check Price Now
Evoking the classic Fender style of guitars for grown-ups, the Squier Mini is the perfect electric guitar for young players. It offers a compact neck profile for easy playability with small fingers, and the three single-coil pickups deliver a rich yet distortion-free electric sound. An adjustable truss rod lets you set the string action according to taste, increasing or decreasing the ease of play as your child learns. The knobs control tone, bass, and volume, and the five-way pickup selector switch allows you to mix the sounds coming from the electronics.
Let your young musician rock out with the classically-styled, Stratocaster-inspired Squier, with adjustable string action and impeccable ease of play that is ideal for new players. It is a fun guitar, and we highly recommend it!
The Pyle-Pro PEKGT15SB is a complete electric guitar starter package that has everything you need to kickstart learning. In addition to the guitar, the set includes an amplifier, bag, strap, picks, patch cable, and extra strings. This Stratocaster-inspired guitar features three single-coil pickups that deliver crisp sound that’s free of distortion, and the sunburst design evokes a classical feel. The controls feature tone and volume knobs as well as a pickup selector switch. A beautifully-designed guitar loaded with lots of features, the Pyle-Pro PEKGT15SB has everything a child needs to begin playing electric guitar.Check Price Now
Featuring a smooth, black finish, the BCP Kid's Guitar is ready to play right out of the box. The solid wood construction is durable and delivers tonally rich music, and the single-coil pickup transmits excellent electric sound. The package comes complete with an amplifier, carrying bag, strap, patch cable, pick, and extra strings - everything a child needs to begin immediately and keep playing. Stylish and elegant, the BCP Kid's Guitar is a great way for children to discover music. It delivers a perfectly-engineered guitar body that kids will find well-suited for their needs.Check Price Now
The 30" pink BCP Kid's Guitar features a solid wood body highlighted by a pink paint scheme that children will love to look at. The kit comes complete with the guitar itself as well as an amplifier, strap, strings, pick, and patch cable – that is everything you need to get started. The included bag makes the BCP easy to carry so that you can take it with you anywhere. The single-coil pickup delivers distortion-free and crisp sound so your young Rockstar will be able to make fantastic music. The rosewood fingerboard adds a layer of style to the mix, in addition to making the guitar that much more playable. A low string action and easy-access frets make it easy for young fingers to reach and play. The BCP Kid's Guitar offers fantastic playability and top-notch sound quality, and the included accessories give this set an excellent value for the money.Check Price Now
The DC Kid's Electric Guitar features a unique built-in speaker which allows your child to use this as an all-in-one instrument. With a Maple neck and fretboard, the guitar delivers easy playability, and the cutaway design allows easy access to the higher frets. The single pickup delivers great sound, and the die-cast tuners are well-engineered to make getting the right tone a breeze. This 1/2 scale electric guitar is engineered to the perfect size for young children, and thanks to its great playability and built-in speaker it is an instrument that kids love and cannot wait to pick up.Check Price Now
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The products listed here may contain small parts that are choking hazards for children! Toys can pose a hazard to babies and young children – they can choke, suffocate, or otherwise harm the child. Young children explore their world by putting things in their mouths, but children under three years of age do not have a well-developed coughing reflex and will choke easily on small items. All children, regardless of age, need close supervision with any toys to help prevent accidents from happening. Adult supervision is required at all times!
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