I have several elementary age students who are super excited about learning guitar, but struggle due to the size of the instruments. Early learners have big hearts, short attention spans, and want to know how to play guitar right now.
Many times parents want to buy their early learner the cheapest instrument so that if they get frustrated and give up, they won't be out to much money. Unfortunately, the cheapest low cost instruments often are poorly made, have high action (the distance between the strings and the fretboard) and are very uncomfortable for kiddos with small hands, small bodies, and low hand strength.
In a previous post I listed 3 low cost instruments for a beginner, here I would like to share 3 guitar options for a student under the age of 10.
Yamaha GL1 Guitalele - $99.99
I have recommended this guitar for my youngest students. It has 6 strings and is tuned a 4th higher than a normal guitar. The body is the size of a baritone ukulele, hence the name "guitalele". It's made of sturdy laminate wood and has a thick gloss finish that will protect it from drops, dings, and minor scuffs. I like recommending this guitar because as the student matures, they have a great travel guitar they can take on trips.
Luna SAFNYL 3/4 size classical guitar - $155.32
A 3/4 size classical guitar is a great start for a boy or girl that is looking for an easy to play instrument. 3/4 sized instruments are, you guessed it, 3/4 the size of a normal guitar. Luna is a company that makes very comfortable instruments and have several instruments marketed to girls with dragonfly wood inlays, peace signs, dolphins, etc. These aren't just "girl guitars," as guys with small hands and frames would benefit from purchasing one of these great instruments.
Cordoba Cadette - $269.99
This instrument is an excellent option for the serious young learner. Made with a very nice solid Canadian cedar top, mahogany back and sides, and a very nice hand inlaid sound-hole rosette. With the higher price and materials also comes a degree of fragility, care should be taken to make sure a younger student treats the instrument carefully. Click here to view this guitar on Amazon.
That's it, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!