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AUjim
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Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
9 year old has asked for a guitar for Christmas.

In reality, she'll play it a few times and move on, HOWEVER, I would like to have a serviceable acoustic guitar around the house because we like to party. If she actually picks it up and starts to learn it, I'd be happy to buy her a better quality one.

Recommendations on not spending an arm and a leg on something? $100 range, or is that "just throwing money away" range? What should I look for?

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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times

I'd buy her a ukulele. Most of the chords are one or two fingers and can be easily learned.

If she embraces it then move up to a guitar.


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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
loog guitar


AUjim
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
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loog guitar


SWEET! Thanks for the recommendation


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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
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I'd buy her a ukulele. Most of the chords are one or two fingers and can be easily learned.


My toddler has a toy uke and an old piano (think Schroeder from Peanuts) that she loves. Has me play the piano while she plucks along.

I've always been super invested in listening to and appreciating music as art, but it truly was having a kid that made me begin to think about actually learning to play something. Planning on grabbing an actual uke soon and learning a few chords.


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auggie
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
I bought a Luna 3/4 size acoustic for my cousin's daughter, last year for Christmas. I think it cost about 170 bucks, it had some really cool inlays and designs etched around the sound hole. It is really a decent playing guitar, and she is trying to learn.


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Lawyered
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
I went through this phase at 14 or so

My parents me a squire strat starter guitar electric.

Tried to learn and learned I didn’t have patience to learn it and they sold the guitar


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Nicky Parrish
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar
A really decent low cost guitar, great reviews
$170ish


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Pvt Hudson
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
Buy a used Squier off Craigslist and play it yourself when she’s done.


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monsterballads
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
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SWEET! Thanks for the recommendation



they are fantastic little guitars. 3 strings too so easy to play.


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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
Be careful buying cheap acoustic guitars. A lot of the “beginner” tier models under $200 have really high action and are extremely difficult and painful to fret. This can be hugely discouraging to someone who is just learning and hasn’t already developed callouses. Make sure you play it first to ensure that it’s as easily playable as possible within your budget.

$100 is probably way too low to get a decent playable acoustic. A decent budget acoustic is usually closer to the $300 range. However, you may be able to find a decent used low-end (but playable) electric at that price. Squire strats are basically the perfect beginners guitar. Agile Les Pauls are fantastic guitars for the price. Firefly ff8 is a great gresch-style semi-hollow body guitar for around $160 when they’re in stock.

If you go the electric route, you’ll need an amp, too. Avoid the line 6 spyder and fender frontman. Fender champ 20 or mustang ii are both great for beginners and budgets.

I also recommend getting a 3/4 scale guitar since your child is so young. Her hands are still growing, and that smaller size will help make learning the instrument far easier.


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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
Start hunting for a used Yamaha. You may get lucky.

A hundred bucks is a tough price point. At about $100 the waters muddy to toy vs. guitar vs. crap...


SidewalkTiger
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
I've heard good things about Orangewood guitars


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MudCatMatt
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
Check out the Epiphone DR-100 or the Gretsch G9520.

If you are willing to spend a little more $$ I would look at the Baby Taylor or the Martin LX1.


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Ace Midnight
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
Frankly, I would shop used guitar shops and, maybe, reverb for a relatively higher quality acoustic model in the $275 to $400 range.

My thinking - if she is going to stick with it (or someone else in the home), it is much more likely on a high quality instrument (even if used). If the hobby is ditched, there is still part of the investment that is recoverable if you turn around and sell it - again, used. Think of your loss as an extended rental fee or whatever.

Buying a cheap, shitty guitar "just because" doesn't make any sense to me, personally. It's never going to be good, not worth what you pay for it and worth nothing in the used market.

Just my $0.02 and probably not worth that. YMMV


crazy4lsu
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
Get an entry level Takamine, or the Fender FA-135. Owned both a long time ago. The Fender at that price point is a steal. You can probably talked them into getting it for 200 with a case if you go to guitar center.
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SidewalkTiger
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
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Frankly, I would shop used guitar shops and, maybe, reverb for a relatively higher quality acoustic model in the $275 to $400 range.

My thinking - if she is going to stick with it (or someone else in the home), it is much more likely on a high quality instrument (even if used). If the hobby is ditched, there is still part of the investment that is recoverable if you turn around and sell it - again, used. Think of your loss as an extended rental fee or whatever.

Buying a cheap, shitty guitar "just because" doesn't make any sense to me, personally. It's never going to be good, not worth what you pay for it and worth nothing in the used market.

Just my $0.02 and probably not worth that. YMMV


This is the way to go. Just make sure you or someone you know can adequately distinguish between a good and bad deal.


lammo
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
Pawn shops. I bought my go-to Alvarez classical, a 3/4 acoustic/electric Alvarez, and my Fender acoustic 12-string at 3 different pawn shops. Never paid more than $125, including cases.


awestruck
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re: Need a guitar for my kid that she'll probably only play 3 times
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Pawn shops.
. . . there's also used at guitar center and most music stores.

If you know some that plays they'd likely help. Most everyone I know would likely make a stop after work. It's a passing it on thing. Plus touch and feel makes all the difference, especially when looking for a smaller instrument.


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