#1
My daughter will soon turn into 9, and she wants to play on a full size electric guitar now. Her junior guitar is not good and very easily out of tune. She is small due to her age.

I was considering a Music Man Silhouette because its only 2.86 kg (6 lbs, 5 oz). I also believe the playability is quite good, but I never tried one. I'm a Fender player. She has no preferences to any brand etc. My Telecasters is too heavy for her, but the size is not a problem.

What would you recommend when the criteria is:

Very good playability (easy to press strings down)
Very light weight
She is 8, so tone is not really an issue - as long as it does not sound bad
Budget: Lets keep it below $2000 (used)
She play all kinds of styles - rock/pop
Last edited by kh.arendt at May 25, 2014,
#3
Parker makes some decent guitars now for under a grand. They're usually pretty light weight, easily played, and have a decent tone.
Plays:
Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 FR Limited
Parker Mojo Fly
Ibanez SZR 720
Tanglewood Evolution
LaPatrie Etude DEMO
'66 Hagstrom Viking I (customized)
SGR C-7 (defretted)
Agile Intrepid 828

Amp, Pedals:
Laney LV300
BOSS RC-20XL
#5
you can pick up a new G&L SC 2 for about a grand brand new and pick the options you want , the weight is between high 6's and low 7 lbs .... 10 year warranty on the whole guitar , high quality and they sound good



#6
Quote by kh.arendt
My daughter will soon turn into 9, and she wants to play on a full size electric guitar now. Her junior guitar is not good and very easily out of tune (ESP LTD KH JR). She is small due to her age.

I was considering a Music Man Silhouette because its only 2.86 kg (6 lbs, 5 oz). I also believe the playability is quite good, but I never tried one. I'm a Fender player. She has no preferences to any brand etc. My Telecasters is too heavy for her, but the size is not a problem.

What would you recommend when the criteria is:

Very good playability (easy to press strings down)
Very light weight
She is 8, so tone is not really an issue - as long as it does not sound bad
Budget: Lets keep it below $2000 (used)
She play all kinds of styles - rock/pop


Jon Kammerer's Chameleon is a full-scale, small-bodied semihollow. It weighs a little under 5lbs and costs $1500 in its normal form. Currently, Jon is having a 30% off sale, and if you have it made with Lace Alumitones, it might be under 4lbs.

http://jonkammerercustoms.com/help-template_003.htm
http://jonkammerercustoms.com/help-template_012.htm

The RockBeach Mantis and Cicada are similarly small-bodied semihollow guitars, and are @$1200.
http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/boggs.com/

Less dear are Reverend guitars.
http://www.reverendguitars.com/category/guitar/
According to Joe Naylor, luthier & owner of Reverend guitars and RailHammer pickups:
As far as current Reverends, most the set-necks weigh in at 6.75 to 7.5 pounds, most the bolt-ons are 7.0 to 7.75 pounds.


Here are a trio of their semihollows:

http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/manta-ray-hb/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/club-king-290/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/club-king-rt/
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at May 24, 2014,
#7
Quote by paruwi
Epiphone Nighthawk RI

less than 2,8 kg
very versatile

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Designer/Nighthawk-Custom-Reissue.aspx

they are now 'out of production' though most dealers still have some of them



Seems the Gibson one is available:

http://www.wildwoodguitars.com/electrics/gibson/nighthawk.htm

But they are not so lightweight
Last edited by kh.arendt at May 25, 2014,
#10
Quote by dannyalcatraz

Less dear are Reverend guitars.
http://www.reverendguitars.com/category/guitar/
According to Joe Naylor, luthier & owner of Reverend guitars and RailHammer pickups:


Here are a trio of their semihollows:

http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/manta-ray-hb/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/club-king-290/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/club-king-rt/


On the page (they write weight), here the Reverend does not seem that light weighted:

http://www.wildwoodguitars.com/electrics/reverend.htm
#11
I found this one from station-music.de

Duesenberg Starplayer TV Hollow Series

2.54 kg (5.6 lbs)

......think I will go for a PRS still.
#13
An Epi 339 would be light and semihollow and the body is a reduced size. You can also poke around Sweetwater.com, where they give the weights for each individual guitar that they have on sale.
#14
I also recommend the Parker guitars in the ~1,000$ range, not only are they light but they're also compact feeling so that short folk don't have to lean or contort their back in order to get a comfortable position for the body.


http://www.zzounds.com/item--PRKPDF105
Last edited by Vlasco at May 25, 2014,
#15
I have decided to buy a PRS SE Custom semi-hollow (2010). The one I tried was 5.5 lbs ( 2.5 kg). I have weighed it. Costed around 450$ (second hand / mint condition) with hardcase here in Denmark. You can probably get it cheaper in US :-)

Thanks for all your suggestions!
Last edited by kh.arendt at May 26, 2014,
#16
You won't be sorry- PRS makes fine guitars.

You may be spoiling your little girl, though!
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#17
My daughter has no idea if it cost 100$ or 2000$. I just want her to get an instrument which is easy for her to handle and play :-)
#18
Congrats man, and I'm sure your daughter will be very happy. Glad to hear your daughter loves to play, also awesome that she has the opportunity to play on solid gear. HNGD!
Gibson LP traditional and DC standard, PRS S2 Custom 24, MIA Standard Strat, Schecter Banshee 7
EVH 5153, Orange TV50H 2-2x12's
Line 6 M13
#19
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#22
Quote by kh.arendt
Budget: Lets keep it below $2000 (used)


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