Tips on Buying Acoustic Guitars.
Things to consider when being a guitar for your child are:
- and…… Commitment
Acoustic guitars come in 3 sizes:
- 1/2 size (small)
- 3/4 size (medium)
- Full or Standard size.
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However if you have a very committed 8 year old in need of a new guitar, a full size is recommended, this way he can enjoy the same guitar for many years to come.
There are 2 types of Acoustic guitars to consider: Nylon String and Steel string. Both types come in all three sizes.
Nylon String: Nylon strings are thicker than steel strings and tend to be easier on the fingers.
The neck is a bit wider to accommodate the thicker strings. The sound is softer and smoother than steel string. They are ideal for finger style playing.
These guitars are generally used professionally for Classical, Flamenco and Latin Styles.
I strongly recommend Nylon String for beginners. There are more “user friendly.” The above recommendations are nylon, nylon, and steel string (full size).
Steel String: Steel string guitars have a bigger and louder sound. The strings are harder on the left hand fingers, they are thinner and have more tension which requires more force to hold them down. These guitars are ideal for strumming and using a pick on the right hand.
Professionally steel string guitars are used for country, rock and folk music.
(Sometimes full size steel strings can be very difficult to play and discouraging for a kid. Once you get used to steel string, and everybody does, the sound can be extremely rewarding.
Tip: Don’t always settle for the cheapest. Sometimes cheap instruments can be very unrewarding to a kid. Spending an extra $50 or so can make a huge difference. The above are all solid choices.
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