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Beginner Guitars For Kids Age 6 and Above

Updated on March 31, 2015

Buy Guitars for Young Kids aged 6 and above

Where do you start to shop for a young kid's guitar? Young kids can play the guitar really well with the right instrument. An early start needs the right instrument to ensure success! What should you look for in your kid's first guitar? Perhaps I can help? In my experience as a guitar teacher, the wrong guitar choice can be disastrous. Here is a good selection of the best value guitars for kids aged 6 and above.

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I gave this some thought and knowing from experience how parents give in to pester power, I have put a page together that you can check out with your young child. The guitars have been chosen for small size and nylon strings as well as price and appearance. They are cheap beginner guitars, but look good and they are playable too.

Valencia Guitar Packs for Young Children - Highly recommended for use in whole class music lessons

I have used these instruments in whole class teaching settings and found they are reliable, durable and sweet toned. I have yet to find one that had an unplayable action or a buzz. Kids will love the assortment of bright colours that Valencia do. Most are available in 1/2 and 3/4 size, so if you don't see it here, please browse further. I was quite taken with the Panda guitar myself - I would have loved that as a little kid!

Valencia VG-CG1KR 1/2 size Classical Guitar, High Gloss Red Finish
Valencia VG-CG1KR 1/2 size Classical Guitar, High Gloss Red Finish

A half size guitar with a resilient high gloss finish is slightly more kid-proof than most!


In the whole class tuition project I was involved in, we used these Valencia guitars almost exclusively. We had a mixture of half and three quarter sizes so smaller children did not have to struggle. As class instruments, we went for the classic finish, but they are available in a range of child friendly colours and designs too.

Barcelona Guitar Selection - Barcelona Guitars for Young Children

Here is a selection of 1/2 and 3/4 size acoustic guitars suitable for children. The colour range is good, but more importantly, the nylon strings are easier on little fingers!

Barcelona do a whole range of attractive beginner guitars as shown here.Yes, you can get the standard wooden acoustic but young children love the bright colours and high gloss of these child friendly models. Barcelona make cheap guitars in a very wide range of colors and styles and these guitars for kids are well worth checking out, in my experience the action is fairly easy for little fingers to press the strings down effectively and they are quite robust when carried to and from school.

The biggest problem buying a kid's first guitar is combining the "chilled" with the "child". There is simply no way a six year old can cope with a full size acoustic, steel strings are painful for little fingers too. So, where to find beginner guitars in bright colors that are kind to little fingers?

These smaller Barcelona guitars look great. They have a durable gloss finish and I know from experience that they are easy to play with a child friendly action and decent intonation.

Classical Guitars and Accessories for Children - Shop for Guitars, Korg Tuner and Strings

A guitar package has the advantage of bringing together all those other items a young player needs, guitar case, easy to read tuner and spare strings are all useful additions! Yamaha guitars are very reliable and we have used Valencia guitars extensively too. Both are excellent value instruments.

Half and Three Quarter Size Guitars can be fun! I hope you have enjoyed looking through what is available. It is important to remember that a child needs an easy guitar to play, but if it looks cool then that helps too!

Did you enjoy these cool kid's guitars? - Mighty Guitar Fun in Small Sizes!

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    • mel-kav profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens. I started playing the guitar when I was eleven. I was pretty good at picking - but my hands and fingers were just too small and short to master the bar chords. I kept trying - even through high school. I played in my high school's folk group - but my instructor restricted me to picking and strumming only the easy chord - no bar chords. Needless to say, I no longer play. It's not fun just picking - I like the sound of strumming. Maybe I should have gotten a child's size guitar.

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      5 years ago

      This is a great lens. I've had my kids (girls ages seven and nine) often say they want to play guitar, although my guitars are made for adult males. I've known that some smaller guitars exist, and this lens shows some of them I can consider getting.

    • alexbricker profile image


      6 years ago

      When my daughter turns 6, I am getting her one! I play and I would love to share how to play with her. I'm probably going to get one for my son too when he turns 6.

    • Lookatit profile image


      6 years ago

      Being a guitarist myself, my young daughter is always wanting to play one of my guitars. I'm getting her one of her own for Christmas she'll be delighted!

    • techmom profile image


      6 years ago

      What cute guitars! My daughter would love the pink one!

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      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      My daughter loves her Half size PINK guitar

    • savateuse profile image


      7 years ago

      what a great lens!

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      7 years ago

      My little girly just turned 6, this is a great way to get her started.

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      7 years ago

      I find that by removing the need for sheet music all together garners the best results when 6 year-old's begin guitar. Nothing is worse than turning a child's talent off by stifling them with roadblocks.

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      7 years ago

      great info on getting your wee musicians started!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These smaller guitars are great for children just learning. Nice selection!


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