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Electric Guitar for a 7 year old?

My little rocker wants to take guitar lessons and has asked for a guitar for Christmas. (she asked for her b-day and we told her if she was still serious at Christmas we would consider it) I don't want to spend a ton of $$$ until I know she is serious. Can anyone make any suggestions? I see a complete set-up in amazon and ebay for around $150. That an amp, the guitar and some other accessories. Are these any good? I don't play any instruments, and have no clue where to start.

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Electric guitar would be a good idea for her since an acoustic guitar would be a tough reach for her tiny arms.

Don't get anything too extravagant, she might end up not liking it and it will collect dust.
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That's what I was thinking, something basic and cheap to learn on, and then get something nice, for when she has a clue as to what she is doing. Notice that I am looking at entire packages for less than $200.

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I also discovered that they make 3/4 sized guitars for beginners. Is this a better option, or should I start her out on a full sized guitar? Other than size is there a big difference?

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I also discovered that they make 3/4 sized guitars for beginners. Is this a better option, or should I start her out on a full sized guitar? Other than size is there a big difference?
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My son is seven and he takes lessons once a week, we got the 3/4 size with the amp built in. I will check the brand out and let you know.
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My son is seven and he takes lessons once a week, we got the 3/4 size with the amp built in. I will check the brand out and let you know.
thanks. That's my next step, finding a place for lessons.

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That is hilarious. I could picture her rocking that thing out!
you've met the rockstar in question. Am I correct that an electric guitar is the only way to go for her?

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you've met the rockstar in question. Am I correct that an electric guitar is the only way to go for her?
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Most any local shop will have this, my son has a black one. You might want to throw some good strings on it. Good little guitar and leaves some $$ for an amp. Get an amp w/o too many knobs or your kid will spend all day making noise instead of learning how to play.

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Sam Ash has a selection of junior guitars.

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Mouse is a guitar musician.... motorcycles took over his dedication to his band. lol.... but anyway - we were talking about teaching my nephew (5) because he wants to learn. We found 3/4 size Gibson elect. guitars at Wal-mart. Yes - Wal-mart.

They had all types of colors and styles - just like at the guitar shop.

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And acoustic guitar is better to start on. I use to teach guitar playing and they do make them for kids. Here is why acoustic is better the learn on, the string are usually a heavier gauge, the action is usually higher and acoustics can not hide mistakes as easily also. With the stings a heavier gauge and the action higher, then he does go to the electric it will be easier to play.
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My 2 year old son plays my Fender Toronado in its guitar stand like an upright bass or cello. Awesome.

I'd agree with 3/4 size so as to get the basics down then apply those to the full size axes when she grows into them.

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This is what my son has:

http://www.ibanez.com/eg/guitar.aspx?m=GRGM21

We had him in a group glass but we found an instructor that comes to the house once a week and my son is catching on very quickly.
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Hix Music and Guitar Center, both on RT 59 close to Fox Valley Mall would be a good place to get exactly what you are looking for. They both have starter kits, but Hix Music actually give lessons and puts the kids together in little bands and plays out at gigs for the parents, etc.

You can normally buy a good quality used guitar for the same price as an el cheapo starter new one, if you want to go that route instead.

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if you have a small acoustic guitar in the family or hanging around the house, get them started on that. I started playing fairly young and that's what I did. Once I took a big interest in it I went out and bought myself a Squire Strat Pack; that's the electric guitar, amplifier, cables, and everything you need to get started. It's relatively cheap and good enough to play for a year or two.
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Seagull has an EXCELLENT parlor sized guitar (acoustic) that you might want to look at.

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I would check craigslist first but if she wants brand new buy a starter package from sam ash or guitar center, a 3/4 size would be best or a fender squire. They normally have starter packages that include evrything for around $150, hopefully your kid will grow up to be a rockstar and you can live the good life.
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Hi! How old is your daughter? I agree with starter package from Guitar Center, just go there and tell them how much you want to spend for a complete set and they'll put a set together for you. (ask for the manager or dept. manager). My kids are 9 and 10 and they use full size electrics.
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Oops! I didn't see the thread title. Anyway, depends on her size, but I would go for full size electric or 3/4 size acoustic.
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I think we are going to go with the full sized electric. I just know that if I get an acoustic she will give it up as it's not what she wants to learn. I'm going to call the places that were suggested and see what they have. Thanks for the advice guys.

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And acoustic guitar is better to start on. I use to teach guitar playing and they do make them for kids. Here is why acoustic is better the learn on, the string are usually a heavier gauge, the action is usually higher and acoustics can not hide mistakes as easily also. With the stings a heavier gauge and the action higher, then he does go to the electric it will be easier to play.
It's like a runner practicing for a 10 mile run, he's not going to run 10 miles, he'll run 15 or more so the 10 miles will be easy for the runner.

I disagree, that's true for a teenager but a 7 year old doesn't have the finger strength to fret notes on an acoustic.




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