Post Number: 586
|Posted on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 4:32 pm: |
Can anyone point me towards a good child's guitar? I'm looking for my two-year old, so I don't need anything exceptional. Any reviews, thoughts, or suggestions would be most appreciated.
Post Number: 103
|Posted on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 4:49 pm: |
Guitar Center usually has the Les Paul Pee Wee with an amp for a pretty good deal (can't remember the exact price). I bought one for my son when he was about 5, and he really enjoyed it. Now he's 15 and it looks like a mandolin in his hands.
Post Number: 778
|Posted on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 5:59 pm: |
I got the Epiphone Mini Les Paul for my son when he was 3 or so. Got the Squire Mini for my daughter. The Squire is quite a bit larger and heavier. Changing strings on it is a pain in the butt. Neither one stays in tune, but for pure entertainment in the hands of a little kid, they're great.
Post Number: 64
|Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 3:49 am: |
for acoustic, check out the little martin and the baby taylor. both are great guitars for the money. my son is 14 now, but we still have the little martin as it makes a great travel guitar.
Post Number: 3889
|Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 7:31 am: |
I've had a Baby Taylor for years. A great little guitar for travel or kids. 3/4 dreadnaught size, but, IMHO still a bit large for a two year old. On the electric side, for someone big enough for a Baby Taylor, you can pick up an old Peavy T-15 for a song. 3/4 version of the old T-60, a very nice guitar.
Post Number: 81
|Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 1:57 am: |
I purchased a ukelele for my grandson of the same age.
I found it important that he shows interest in using it to make noise and put it together in tunes if at all possible. The nylon strings are easy to push down. At two years of age don't expect too much as generally they have the attention span of a goldfish.
I had 4 kids and I never placed an instrument into their hands. I left them about the house for them to discover. Recorders, cheap kids type keyboards, tambourines, maraccas an old hack guitar etc. Once they made noises I MADE MYSELF AVAILABLE TO "JAM"
Only one of my children had the desire to learn to play music and in the end he decided on drums although he is competent on bass and guitar also.
My 2c worth but you did say "Any reviews, thoughts, or suggestions would be most appreciated."
I can't help it I am a grandfather.
Post Number: 587
|Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 11:23 am: |
I am more than happy to hear your thoughts. Actually, the Ukelele isn't a bad idea. I might be able to pick up one of better quality for less money, and as you said, it might be easier to play. I've already got a full size guitar for him, should he want it, but I am trying to not push him too much, and that would still be some years off. Not to mention that George Harrison was a uke fan, and I count him as one of my favorite musicians of all time, and not just for his work with those guys from Liverpool. Thanks to everyone else who has shared their thoughts as well.
Post Number: 3895
|Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 12:32 pm: |
I first started on a Baritone Uke. My parents had it sitting out in the living room. I was 8 years old, the Beatles had just come out, and Paul was my favorite (I was 8, remember). Though I'm a righty, I strung it backwards and learned a few chords lefty. From there it was easy to move up to guitar, though I soon went back to righty.
Post Number: 588
|Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 12:55 pm: |
That's cool Bill. After a little research I decided to go with a Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele. The reviews I read all seemed to indicate that it was a good beginners instrument (that only cost about $60 with shipping). I'm actually getting excited myself about trying it. Thanks again everyone who made suggestions.