Buying a children's guitar - tips

The guitar is one of the most beautiful instruments to start making music. It is quiet, inexpensive and leads quickly to audible success. Choose a guitar with nylon strings (called classical or concert guitar). It has some advantages: for example:

  • The strings are thicker and do not cut the fingers!
  • The distance between the strings is greater: it is easier to hit the note.
  • The guitar itself is lighter and easier to handle.

By the way, classical guitar does not mean that only classical music can be played on it. A later change to an electric guitar is also no problem.

Choosing the right size guitar


Size is a very important point. The size of the guitar should always match the body size. This is for the right sitting position and for the learning success important! The following table gives an approximate indication, but the teacher is the right person to contact:


Sound and Quality

Many parents ask themselves the questions: "How long will my child be interested and enjoy it" or "Should I really put so much into half a guitar if my child needs a bigger guitar after a year?" These are of course legitimate questions. They drive many parents to buy "any guitar" first, which stands in the corner a little later because it never sounds in tune or the learning success is missing. Please note the following points:   

With a good, sonorous guitar your child will have fun playing.

A good quality guitar has the "right" proportions. This is crucial for the right posture and therefore for faster learning success! 

A good quality guitar has resale value.

Change from a Children's Guitar to a Big Guitar:

Most of the time this happens at the age of 12-13 years. At this time, teenagers want a "cool" guitar. Thanks to the large selection, there are market already has models that combine the requirements of teachers and students well: These are the so-called acoustic guitars with pickups. These guitars can be connected to an amplifier. This makes them very versatile, like:

  •  When making music with a "loud" instrument like a saxophone or violin
  •  When performing in noisy surroundings.
  •  When accompanying acoustic songs in a band.