Best Electric Guitar for a 6 year old?


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Domaru
10-06-2006, 11:47 PM
Ok I was thinking along the lines of a Squier mini Strat:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/shop/product/buy_squier_mini_strat_electric_guitar?full_sku=102091261

Anybody have any other ideas?

I want it to be "his size" IE: a mini version that he is capable of playing. I don't want to get him something he will grow into. I will get him another regular size guitar when he outgrows this one.

danzig-_-
10-06-2006, 11:55 PM
that guitar is perfect....for his size
just make sure the chnage the crap pickups to EMGS and get him a 150 watt tube stack.

crash_course
10-06-2006, 11:56 PM
that guitar is perfect....for his size
just make sure the chnage the crap pickups to EMGS and get him a 150 watt tube stack.
hahah wtf?!?!?!

latinosuperstud
10-06-2006, 11:58 PM
that guitar is perfect....for his size
just make sure the chnage the crap pickups to EMGS and get him a 150 watt tube stack.
emgs arent a must... i find lace sensors more appropriate...

and a tube combo will do just fine... you kids and your stacks

danzig-_-
10-07-2006, 12:01 AM
when i was a kid i thought car horns hurt my ears, but a 150 watt tube stack?
pure sarcasm...oh and emgs suck.

Domaru
10-07-2006, 12:03 AM
Do I even have any other options as far as another "mini" electric guitar?

danzig-_-
10-07-2006, 12:04 AM
i think stagg makes one

pifty
10-07-2006, 12:09 AM
If your kid's a rocker, get him a mini RG! Just like this one (http://ibanez.com/guitars/guitar.asp?model=GRGM21). :D

aznrockerdude
10-07-2006, 12:18 AM
^dayum That's Sweet!

pifty
10-07-2006, 12:21 AM
It has four more frets than a minisquier too :D

JustRooster
10-07-2006, 12:28 AM
I would go with the Mini Squeir...

Spade1
10-07-2006, 12:35 AM
with that Ibanez he can be a little stevie via lol :p: , Really Also consider how heavy the guitar is, and how long he would have to stretch his hand to reach the further away Frets,
the mini-Squire seems better at the moment, for the fact it only has 20 frets means he will be able reach the further away frets better, also squires are made of cheaper wood, in this case its a good thing, (E.I. lighter), also squires are very playable

pifty
10-07-2006, 12:39 AM
^ Good, okay, now, little Stevie Vai is going to play a composition on the guitar, he wrote it all by himself. Okay, Stevie, bring your three friends up, they can play with you. That Stevie Vai, what a nice little boy!

The minisquier is made of plywood... meaning it sounds even worse than a big squier. I guess it doesn't matter all that much.

Kids today, I started on a full-size dreadnought when I was seven. Imagine how comfortable that was. :p:

gtr-boy
10-07-2006, 12:39 AM
ok well ive never heard that guitar but DO NOT get a guitar that will sound terrible and discurage him from playing i know alot of people buy crappy cheap ibanez guitars and just give up cause well its ibanez
haha i went off subject but w/e theres a point to this post

Spade1
10-07-2006, 12:41 AM
well coupled with a decent amp it would be easy to play for the kid, but not sound like total crap, lol

Well the kid is learning, I'm thinking what could be easiest for him to play,

ATLBraves2014
10-07-2006, 12:49 AM
ok well ive never heard that guitar but DO NOT get a guitar that will sound terrible and discurage him from playing i know alot of people buy crappy cheap ibanez guitars and just give up cause well its ibanez
haha i went off subject but w/e theres a point to this post

The kid is fuccking six years old... he's not going to know the difference in tone at all.

TTC
10-07-2006, 02:43 AM
Yeah buy the squier, it's a stratocaster, what kid doesn't like stratocasters?

breadstick
10-07-2006, 06:07 AM
epiphone makes a childrens sized flying v.............

sashki
10-07-2006, 07:30 AM
epiphone makes a childrens sized flying v.............

Yeah, but they have full-width necks. Not very comfortable for 6 year olds.

I've seen Tenson make mini strats and LP's. I'd pick the Ibanez RG over all of them, though. It looks cool and sounds better than the axe I have!

Domaru
10-07-2006, 03:23 PM
OK so far I have narrowed it down to either the Ibanez Micro or the Squier Mini Strat. The Mini Strat is made from plywood but slightly smaller. The Ibanez people keep saying is junk.

Maybe I oughtta just go with the strat?

JorisBlack
10-07-2006, 03:29 PM
http://www.guitarstop.com/kidguitars.htm
it doesn't contain much new info but it might be useful anyway

oh, I strongly suggest he learns to play on an acoustic (folk or classical). That way his fingers will grow stronger, his technique will be better etc.

pifty
10-07-2006, 03:29 PM
Technically speaking, both of them are junk. But then, they're not made for great tone, just to be comfortable for juniors to learn on. I tried the miniRG myself, and it felt like a little big guitar. Quite fun actually, almost bought one to fool around at work. ;)

I say, ask the kid which one he likes more, and get that one. You won't go wrong with either.

geetar_alex
10-07-2006, 04:14 PM
You can get Brian May mini guitars

Kutanmoogle
10-07-2006, 04:18 PM
http://www.guitarstop.com/kidguitars.htm
it doesn't contain much new info but it might be useful anyway

oh, I strongly suggest he learns to play on an acoustic (folk or classical). That way his fingers will grow stronger, his technique will be better etc.

Acoustics are usually really hard for small children to learn to play on. Folk acoustic strings are really hard to push down, and classical acoustic neck's are often too wide.

I recommend any 3/4 size electric. Try not to get a starter pack as it's cheaper to just get a practice amp separate.

caughtinamosh
10-07-2006, 04:24 PM
Yeah buy the squier, it's a stratocaster, what kid doesn't like stratocasters?

i didn't, i always liked the look of Kerry King's B.C. Riches

pifty
10-07-2006, 04:39 PM
Acoustics are usually really hard for small children to learn to play on. Folk acoustic strings are really hard to push down, and classical acoustic neck's are often too wide.

I second that. It makes sense starting on an acoustic if you want the kid to become a guitar ninja through trials of blood and pain. If you want them to enjoy making music, however, it's a bad idea. I hated practicing guitar at that age, just because my acoustic was big, uncomfortable, heavy, and I could barely get my hand around the neck. Had to do it for music school, though. What do they know...

Salzary
10-07-2006, 06:08 PM
just get him the strat and be done with it. Tone is not going to matter and the electric will be easier for him to learn on than an acoustic. Plus an electric has that "cool" factor that will make him want to learn how to play. If you get him an acoustic and make him play "twinkle, twinkle" he is just going to lose interest in guitar. His fingers will strenghthen as he gets older, so thats not a big deal either.

drop-dead666
10-07-2006, 06:32 PM
IMO I think you should just wait until he makes his own decision. If someone got me a guitar as a present and I've never played before, I'd probrably not be interested in it. You never know, he might wanna play bass or drums.

If you force your son into playing guitar, he's gonna' lose interest very quickly, especially if he's a six year old.

livrockdie
10-08-2006, 12:04 AM
get a mini acoustic for him. It'd probibly be the best thing. Plus they sell em at walmart! lol. Seriously though.

Kutanmoogle
10-08-2006, 10:21 AM
get a mini acoustic for him. It'd probibly be the best thing. Plus they sell em at walmart! lol. Seriously though.

From personal experience, I don't recommend any acoustic as a starter for a kid (unless he really wants the acoustic and refuses to play electric).

My dad got me an acoustic at the age of 9 and I played for about two days before throwing it in the closet. It was hard to play, and sounded boring.

I only picked it up 5 years later because I found it when we moved. I still never really got serious until I got my first electric a few months later.

Electric sounds alot cooler, and you can get a really cheap electric with a really cheap amp, and it'll still sound cool to a six year old.

livrockdie
10-08-2006, 10:22 AM
^thats a good point.

Varkunus
10-08-2006, 10:27 AM
i got an idea, what about a little pignoise guitar, the violin size, there sorta travel guitar, my old teacher had one, there pretty good and have built in amp

mechdragun
10-08-2006, 10:18 PM
rape.













just kidding. mini squier bullets may do the trick?

MetalUpTheAss
10-08-2006, 10:32 PM
Why start out like a pussy?

http://www.espguitars.com/images/guitars/Stef-B7.jpg

jj1565
10-08-2006, 11:58 PM
you can get the squier, or a mini lp, or washburn.

1. make sure he can hold the guitar.
2. you need to check that, that guitar can keep in tune.

that's it. we're talking about a hundred bucks.

and no. dont go for acoustic. kids want what they want and if they are bored wt the acoustic they wont play it.

FFFDFEFRFKFFF
10-09-2006, 01:22 AM
I'd get a Wee V. Musician's Friend has a Wee V value pack.

jj1565
10-09-2006, 08:29 AM
i wouldnt get a value pack. then ur just paying for a bad amp.

mrbreeze
10-09-2006, 02:07 PM
is he still gonna need an amp? those things don't have built-in amplification do they? And you can get a mini-LP? heck with a six year old, I want one .......

jj1565
10-09-2006, 02:58 PM
i didnt get the impression that he needed an amp, but some guitars look cool wt built in speaker.

mrbreeze
10-09-2006, 03:27 PM
i didnt get the impression that he needed an amp, but some guitars look cool wt built in speaker.

but do they have a built in speaker?

jj1565
10-09-2006, 03:34 PM
http://www.zzounds.com/item--FERNMD02

i mean like that, but a 3/4 size guitar. i dont have any but they could be cool for travelling.

Guitarislife125
10-09-2006, 06:20 PM
Man, when I was that age my father made me play the old fender acoustic with 15 guage strings. I remember like cutting my finger open and he told me to suck it up... Those were the good old days.

Domaru
10-09-2006, 08:43 PM
I was just planning on letting him use my amp. He would only be able to play with supervision at first of course.

toha33
10-09-2006, 09:55 PM
I think that there's also a mini MIM fender strat.

Pud
10-09-2006, 09:56 PM
Do I even have any other options as far as another "mini" electric guitar?

I once played a mini Les Paul at Long and Mcquade. It was fucking tiny!

http://www.balloonhed.com/ebay/1lpweesb1.JPG

Thats it. Just search "Les Paul Peewee" on google and it will come up with it. theres also an SG one.

fallenangel20
10-09-2006, 10:07 PM
that guitar is perfect....for his size
just make sure the chnage the crap pickups to EMGS and get him a 150 watt tube stack.

Word, start'em out early with the REALLY exspensive stuff and spoil him, that'll get'em REAL far. :haha

Spade1
10-09-2006, 11:48 PM
wow I wonder if Domaru is waiting on all of us to make a decision or If he just thought screw it and Got that strat, lol,

OK so I gone the pass few days, What have I missed?

Holy Katana
10-09-2006, 11:55 PM
If you want real quality, ESP makes mini-LPs in Japan. However, you'll have to find one in the US. I'd love one, but I don't know how to get one shipped over here. They're only like $400.00, and they've got ESP's innovative Speak UP, which is a humbucker-sized mini-amp that you can put in place of the neck pickup. Of course, because they're tiny, and because they're $400.00, they have real mahogany and flamed maple.

http://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/original/E-LP-45SM_CHS.jpg

http://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/original/E-LP-45SM_HSB.jpg

http://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/original/E-LP-43CM_BK.jpg

http://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/original/E-LP-43CM_JS.jpg

http://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/original/E-LP-43CM_WHT.jpg