How to Choose the Right Kid's Guitar

A simple buyers guide to finding the right kid's guitar

Earlier this year, visitors have been coming to StrumViews.com looking for honest reviews for a kid's guitar, and we have received some feedback and requests to develop a thorough guide in helping people find the right guitar for a child or student.  After children have had some school guitar lessons, they may be ready for their own personal guitar for them to use at home.  

And in response to many inquiries on our site, we decided to put on our "review cap" and go to work to help you in this search.  

     

Researching and playing many guitars is a lot of fun and always eye-opening, as there are often more expensive guitars that are not all they are cut out to be based on their higher price.  Just because you pay more does not mean you are getting a better quality instrument, especially in the guitar world.

Likewise, there are often little gems we discover that are at a similar or lower price point, but are built well enough to compete with their higher priced competitors.  

Our goal here for readers is to make sure we put forth reviews on guitars that, upon review, we would buy for our own kids based on the quality, their personal "fit" (does it meet the needs of the player, performer or student) and the budget range.

I won't personally spend time reviewing a junky guitar because it is a waste of time, and if it is poorly made, there are plenty of unhappy owners out there who got a refund and wrote about it.  

If you know your budget and the purpose of the guitar for you, a student or child, this guide will help you make a sound decision at the right price.

There are 6 guitar categories to consider when searching for the right kid's guitar 

Choosing the right guitar for a kid, beginner or student should start with an honest assessment of the purpose for buying an acoustic or electric guitar - or toy guitar for that matter.  

We do not review toys on this site, only instruments that work, but a lot of junk toy guitars are being sold as instruments for $30 to $75 out there.

And the child quits or becomes frustrated because the guitar does not sound good, is difficult to play, or does not stay in tune because they bought a piece of junk, or worse, a toy that looks and feels like a guitar but was not built to be a consistently performing instrument.

If you want the student or child to have the best chance, spend a little extra and buy a quality student or beginner guitar, not a cheap model or toy, as it will certainly destroy their chance of enjoying the guitar experience and they will never realize their potential as a player.

That being said. . .

there are 3 major considerations when looking to buy a guitar for a child or student:  

  • the size of the child or student (hands, fingers, arms, body size) 
  • the kind (or playing style) of guitar desired 
  • the budget available

In listening to what people are searching for, people looking for a "kids" guitar are generally going to end up in 1 of  the 6 following categories.  

The following 6 categories considers both the size of the child or student as well as the style of guitar that the child desires to play (or learn).

Which one of these 6 best suits your search?

1)  Smaller Electric Guitars - Looking for an smaller scale electric guitar for a kid with smaller hands

2)  Smaller Acoustic Guitars - Searching for a smaller acoustic guitar for a smaller person (fits most playing styles)

3)  Smaller Classical Guitars - Looking for a smaller scaled classical guitar for classical finger style learning (for kids)

4)  Student Electric Guitar - Pre-teen or teenager full-size student electric guitar.

5)  Student Acoustic Guitar - Pre-teen or teenager full-size student acoustic guitar.

6)  Student Classical Guitar -Pre-teen or teenager 3/4 size student classical guitar.

I have personally reviewed numerous guitars in each of these 6 categories, and have given full reviews on the model that I believe to be the very best guitar model for each of these 6 categories, at an affordable price.

#1 Smaller 3/4 size Electric Guitar - Squier MINI by Fender -

If you are looking for a reliable, affordable electric guitar for a child or smaller student, then the Squier Mini electric guitar (made by Fender guitars) would be ideal.  

Instead of focusing strictly on the age of the guitar player (which is important and plays a role in their ability to learn, take lessons and acquire gutiar skills), consider getting a quality electric guitar that fits his or her body size.  

This Squier Mini guitar is a 3/4 size version (with a 22.75 inch scale length) of the full size electric Squier Bullet by Fender.  

Fender has been a leader in electric guitar manufacturing, and with other competing 3/4 size electric guitars on the market in the same price range, the Squier Mini electric guitar not only receives great reviews from hundreds of owners, but will set up and play much better than other competing brands in this price range for mini electric guitars.

This guitar is not a toy (like you might find at Wal-Mart or at Toys-R-Us)  

While many kid's gutiar models struggle to hold strings in tune and can be disappointing (even frustrating) for kids or young students to learn on, the Squier Mini electric guitar will not disappoint the child, student or the pocketbook.  

Don't worry about a newer guitar keeping proper pitch for strings (as all new strings need a little time to stretch and "break in" in ordert to keep a consistent pitch or tuning).  

This Squier MINI also makes a decent travel electric guitar for a budget player looking for a 3/4 size electric guitar to take as a traveling companion.

As a complete electric guitar (at 3/4 size), it has 3 standard fender Stratocaster coil pickups, a 5 way switch to alter between combinations of these 3 coil pickups for 5 basic different tone outputs, and 2 knobs for controlling the master volume and the tone.  

A smaller person or child will experience a true electric guitar with this purchase.

The bridge is fixed (so no real working "whammy" or tremolo bar), but this will actually result in keeping the guitar in tune more consistently for a beginning player or student.  

The Squier Mini Electric comes in 3 different colors:

Here are some additional factory specifications on the Squier Mini Electric Guitar by Fender:

Guitar Body: Made from Laminated Hardwood Body (for strength and long life)
Body Shape: Classic Curve like the Squier Bullet- just smaller
Body Finish:  Polyurethane

Neck Shape: "C" Shape for playability and comfort
Number of Frets: 20 scaled frets
Fret Size: Medium Fret size to fit smalle to medium size hands
Fret Position Markers: Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Fretboard: Rosewood (great quality solid wood)
Neck Material: Maple for strength and long life
Neck Finish: Polyurethane
Nut Width: 1.6” (40.6 mm) (width of the neck where it joins the head)
Scale Length: 22.75” (57.5 cm)
Neck Plate: Standard 4 Bolt attachment

Here ae the on-board electronics

Pickup Configuration: 3 Single Quality Coil Pickups (Bridge, Middle and Neck)
  • Bridge Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat® Bridge Pickup
  • Middle Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat® Middle Pickup
  • Neck Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat® Neck Pickup

5-Position Pickup Switch (to play with different electric guitar tones from edgy to soft and mellow):

  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup,
  • Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup,
  • Position 3. Middle Pickup,
  • Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup,
  • Position 5. Neck Pickup

2 Knob Controls:

  • Master Volume,
  • Master Tone

Hardware

  • All Chrome Hardware
  • Bridge: Hard-tail (non-tremolo) 6-Saddle Bridge
  • Tuning Machines: Covered Tuners
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone (polymer)
  • Switch Tip: White Switch Tip

This guitar, being an electric guitar, will need a shoulder strap, amplifier, and 1/4 inch guitar cable for plugging into an amp in order to get electric guitar sound from it.  (playing an electric guitar unplugged is very quiet and might be disappointing for a player looking for an electric guitar sound).  

So you will also need a small amp to enjoy the potential of any electric guitar.

As you can see, the Squier Mini Electric guitar packs a lot of quality characteristics for electric guitar playing that will perform far beyond a toy guitar at a very affordable price.  

Though the Manufacturer (Fender) lists the MSRP at $179.99, it can be found for about $99 at Amazon with great shipping rates, delivery and guarantees.  

If I were looking to find a quality electric gutiar for a kid or a smaller student, I would not hesistate to start him or her on the Squier MINI Electric Guitar by Fender.

Does the Autin Bazaar Fender Squier Electric Guitar mini give a good value?

I would say yes as it gives the child or student all he or she needs to get started..

If you really want the student or child to start of right, spend the extra $79 and get them the guitar in a bundle as it comes with an electric amp (which is essentially a speaker to allow for a real electric aplified sound for a beginner - but do not worry, the 1/4 inch jack can also be used for headphone for silent practice).

It comes with everything listed below, and you can click on the image to read what other owners have said about it.

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The BUNDLE comes with everything shown above, including:

1 - Squier Mini Stratocaster electric guitar (in 1 of 6 colors)
2 - The mini practice amplifier for true electric sound
3 - Electric Guitar Cable
4 - Digital clip-on guitar tuner so they learn tuning properly
5 - An Austin Bazaar (music store) instructional DVD which will really help them get started right for tuning, setup and playing chords properly
6 - A guitar strap so they can stand and play
7 - Extra guitar picks 

The bundles come in 6 different colors at the time of this review, and you can click on the images below to read more about them specifically, and read more about what other owners have to say.  

The other reviewers offer actual use cases for their own kids and tell more about how old the kid is and their experience with playability and sound in some of the reviews.

Select a color and read more here:

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Now if electric guitar is not your desired style for starting a child out on guitar, and you would like to go the acoustic route, read on. . .

While the electric guitar is softer on the fingers and a bit easier to learn on, an acoustic guitar might be your choice for other reasons.

We'll start with our number 1 pick for an acoustic 3/4 or mini guitar that will not break the bank, but will allow your child or student to get the best quality learning experience on a quality instrument.

#1 Smaller (3/4) Mini Acoustic Guitar - Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

 

If you want to set up your child or student with the best chance for success, it's best not to skimp on quality in a first guitar for a child or small player.  

If a child is serious enough to practice regularly and is perhaps ready for lessons, but still requires a 3 /4 scale guitar because of his or her size, hands, build and reach, these 2 guitars are going to give the best sound quality and playability now, as well as a better resale value down the road in the event that the child continues to study guitar and outgrows the 3/4 guitar size.  

Additionally, the Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar makes a great traveling companion for any guitar player or for a second acoustic guitar.

Our pick for the best kids' 3/4 size quality acoustic guitar is the Baby Taylor Series, hands down.

It retails for just over $300 (around $329), but the quality of a Taylor guitar at this price and size is an added assurance to get your student off on the right start.  If the $329 price tag is a bit too much, you can read other options below.

I will not go into depth on the specifics of the Baby Taylor acoustic guitar on this page, because I wrote a complete review on another page, just for the Baby Taylor.  So if you have decided that $329 is not too much of a stretch, and to want to read that complete review. . .

Read our full Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar Review here.

If you want to spend a little less, read on.

#1 Smaller Classical Guitar - 2 sizes made by Yamaha Guitars

Yamaha makes 2 great classical guitars in the 1/2 size and 3/4 size.

The smaller of the 2, the Yamaha CGS102A Half-Size Classical Guitar (dimensions 16.5in x 36.9in x 4.5 in) and it retails for about $119 at Amazon.com

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  • The body finish is gloss for durability and crisp sound
  • The strings scale length is 535mm (21")
  • the body Depth is 80-84mm (3.15"-3.3")
  • the finger board width at the nut is 48mm (1.9")

The materials used to make this guitar are affordable yet quality woods to give it a long life and a crisp, classical guitar tone.

  • Spruce Top - standard tight grained, light & strong wood for most acoustic guitar tops
  • Meranti Back & Sides 
    (called Phillipine Mahogany - not actual Mohogany but nice durable wood for beginner guitars)
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Beautiful Natural Finish
  • It's dimensions are: (dimensions 16.5in x 36.9in x 4.5 in) 

A medium build child or older child who is average in size, arm and finger length would be able to play a 3/4 size and might find it easier to play than a small 1/2 size classical guitar.

and the Yamaha Student Series CGS103Aii Classical Guitar (dimensions 18.98in x 40.63in x 5.12 in) and this one retails for just $10 more or $129 at Amazon.com

yamaha-student-series-cgs103aii-classical-guitar-the body finish is also gloss

-the strings scale 580mm (22.8") - about 1.8 inches longer

-the body depth is the same 80-84mm (3.15"-3.3")

-the finger board width is also the same (Nut/Body) 48mm (1.9")

-Spruce Top - standard tight grained, light & strong wood for most acoustic guitar tops

-Meranti Back & Sides 
(called Phillipine Mahogany - not actual Mohogany but nice durable wood for beginner guitars)

-Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge

-Beautiful Natural Finish

-Essentially the 2 Yamaha classical models, the CGS102Aii and the CGS103Aii guitars are the same, except that the 1/2 size is smaller than the student model, which is a 3/4 size (not quite full size)

If your child or student is quite small or young, you would want to start with the 1/2 size acoustic classical guitar.

Why would you buy a classical guitar vs. a steel string guitar?

For most people who do not know guitars very well, they might not realize there is a big difference between a classical style guitar and a steel string guitar.

They are very different indeed!

They chording and the notes are the same, and in fact, if you learn on 1, you can play the same chords on the other.

The biggest differences are in the kind of music that they are both set up for.

A 6 string steel guitar will be the most versatile and is meant for all styles of play, including strumming, jazz, country, rock, bluegrass, and classical.

However, if you want your child to focus on true classical finger-style (non-pick) playing or spanish / flemenco style (which is also finger-style / non-strumming) then the classical guitar is the right choice.

The 6 string (steel string) guitar is great for all styles and would fit most kids or starters who do not want to be narrowed down to classical, finger style playing or spanish / flemenco style playing.

However, if your student or child is going to be studying classical or flemenco style, then the classical guitar is the best start.

A classical guitar also has nylon strings and usually a wider, flatter neck, which makes it easier for a beginner to learn chords because they are easier on the fingertips than steel strings.

That being said, Yamaha makes these 2 excellent classical guitars for under $140.

The 1/2 size classical guitar would be great for a smaller child, or an older youth with very small hands or short fingers and shorter arms and the 3/4 size would be best for an average size child or teen.

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Also, both of these guitars come with a value bundle which includes many extras for only an extra $30

The bundle is a great value, and if you are going to start the child out right, an extra $30 is a drop in the bucket for the value -

The bundle includes

-a Gig Bag

-polishing cloth 

-extra strings

-picks

-dvd to start learning the right way

-and a digital tuner

The digital tuner alone is worth the extra money so that the student or child learns how to keep the guitar in tune at all times.  

This can also help to train their ear so they know what a specific string is supposed to sound like when properly tuned.

These bundles can be found for the best price and return policy at Amazon.com

 

#1 Student Electric Guitar - Fender Squier Stratocaster Bundle

When I was a teenager, my younger brother took up the electric guitar.  

At first, I thought he would never make a decent sound on that thing. . . screeches, twangs, and strange noises came from his bedroom for weeks. 

Granted, I was more into brass instruments and classical music as a teen at that time because of my trumpet playing, jazz band and orchestra involvement, he was on the opposite extreme, listening to heavy metal and other heavy rock.

As time passed, however, I started hearing some great sounds stream out of his room from some of the best electric guitar licks from the late 80s and early 90s. 

I doubt he would have become as good as he did if he had not had good guitar lessons and had not persevered.

In addition, if he had not had a decent electric guitar to start with, he never would have reached his potential and would have given up.

The reason his story is relevant here is because the only guitar he ever owned was a Fender Stratocaster Squier, which is our #1 pick for a regular sized electric guitar for a student.

fender-stratocaster-squier-electric-guitar-bundle-black-affinityMy brother had this model, the black affinity Fender Stratocaster Squier.  I cannot remember if he bought it because he liked the color or if it just happened to be the color available when my parents went to purchase it for him.

It was also the model his electric guitar instructor had recommended, as he recommended the Fender Stratocaster Squier for all of his students.

At the time, they did not have this value bundle, which retails for around $199.

The bundle is almost always a great idea to get a student started because they usually get a little more "bang for their buck" while getting all of the essential equipment to allow the student to be fully equipped to start playing right away.

I have personally played this model (as my brother gave it to me years ago after he moved on from guitar playing, and I moved from classical brass to acoustic and electric guitar playing in college).

This guitar lasted for over 25 years at the time I sold it (just a few years ago) and it was playing as well as the first day I began playing it - I went back to spending time on classical composition in my late 30s.

Many people do not know what the "Fender Squier" line represents, but essentially they started with a professional line of awesome electric guitars decades ago, setting and pushing the standards for electric guitar players from the 1950s onward.  

As foreign manufacturers began making cheaper, quality knock-offs of the many Fender style electric guitars, Fender decided to come out with their "Squier" line to compete in the lower budget range, without sacrificing quality.

The Squier line of fenders are modeled after their professional lines of Fender Stratocaster models that dominated the professional electric guitar scene for decades (from the 1950s onward).  The Fender Company actually acquired the "Squier" company in 1965, which focused mostly on producing strings for instruments (guitars, violins, banjos etc.)  

Fender later decided to use the Squier name (starting in 1982) to create their lower cost electric guitars to compete with the Japanese companies that were creating the knock-offs and selling them world-wide.  It was a smart strategic move by Fender & Company to enter this lower budget market as they already had the brand name recognition world-wide, and the manufacturing / engineering capability, in addition to an un-tapped market of many aspiring electric guitar players who desired the professional line of Stratocasters but could not afford the professional models of electric guitars.

I wrote an entire review on all of the current Fender Stratocaster Squier models here if you want to go into a lot more depth.

The great thing about these bundles is that they come with all the accessories a budding electric guitar student needs including:

autin-bazaar-fender-squier-electric-guitar-bundle- Fender Squier standard size electric guitar (this is not the mini size reviewed above)

- Fender Frontman 10 Watt amplifier (plenty of amp power for a student's first amp)

- Fender Gig Bag to protect, story and carry the guitar to and from church, school, or lessons

- Digital clip-on tuner to keep the strings in tune and train the student's ear properly

- 1/4 jack stereo cable for plugging into the amp or any standard system

- Nylon band guitar shoulder strap necessary for standing while playing

- Guitar picks and allen wrench for neck adjustments

- Instructional DVD for getting started right

The Fender Squier Bundle is a great deal at just under $200.

The guitar itself is a double-cutaway for that classic Fender Stratocaster look and feel and features:

-full scale length rosewood fretboard
-tremolo bridge with whammy / tremolo bar for vibrato / whammy sound
-three single-coil pickups
-5-way switch for complete tone range from edgy to mellow
-volume, and 2 tone knobs
 
The Fender Frontman 10-watt solid-state guitar amplifier is easily portable and great for practicing at home or performing in small venues.  The amp overdrive, treble, and bass controls, as well as an AUX input so you can jam with music or background tracks.
 
It also features a headphone jack for silent practice sessions when you do not want the student to disturb the parents, siblings or neighbors!
 
Many electric guitar teachers start their students with the Fender Squier Stratocaster Bundle for under $200, and I would go with this choice if my child was average size or above, and around the age of 10-12 or older.
 
The bundles from Austin Bazaar come in the following colors at the same price point.
Blue, White, Black Affinity, Sunburst Affinity


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Coming soon- our #1 Student Acoustic Guitar Bundle Review

There are many opinions on which acoustic guitar would make the best full-size student acoustic guitar.  And there are many decent models available by different companies that would suffice.

However, my role to serve you who is earnestly seeking for answers, is to sift through the thousands of models available and present those that will deliver a great quality experience at a great value for your personal user experience.

That being said, if you are buying for a child or you are buying for yourself, a teenager or adult, a standard sized 6 steel-string guitar for a student should come at a decent budget price (between $200 and $600 in my opinion).

I will share a few of the best models for a standard size, student-appropriate guitar here.

Be sure that the person who will be using this student guitar is not a small child, or a small-framed teen or petite adult.  

Any person of average or above size for a 12 to 14 year old should be able to learn on a full-sized, dreadnaught guitar.

#1 pick for student full size acoustic guitar for about $200

yamah-fg700s-beginner-student-acoustic-guitarThis first model, the Yamaha Fg800s has been sold for around $200 for many, many years, and is made of quality materials and will last for many years, if proper care is given to the instrument. 

I wrote up an extensive review on the best-selling FG700s guitar, here on our "best beginner acoustic guitar" page, so you can read more there. 
 
The price of that model used to be around $200, but Yamaha has improved that line and has created the FG800 model to replace the original, best selling FG700s.  So essentially, if you buy the FG800s, you will be getting the same standards as their old best-seller 700s model.
 
Why start on a standard, dreadnought guitar size?
 
As a student learns to play on this standard sized dreadnaught model (the body size that was made popular by the C.F. Martin Company starting back in the 1940s), they will find it easy to play on other standard sized guitars and smaller guitar models if they have the opportunity to play on other people's guitars.
 
Learning on this standard size will mean that most other guitars they run across will feel similar or at least easier to weild and play.
 
The setup of the Yamah FG800s is low and easy to play (the string height).
 
It is also easy to adjust the string height by taking the saddle out and sanding down the bottom, if you prefer lower strings at the saddle.  If you are not familiar with this, have a professional adjust the guitar for you.
 
The FG800 comes in at least 11 different colors / finishes, and has 2 main body sizes, dreadnaught and concert (which has a more tapered waist for more easily sitting on the knee.
 
It also has multiple options for the wood veneer used for the sides and back, adding different grain and color patterns to the beauty of the instrument.
 
They all have a solid, sitka spruce top, which is a standard for acoustic guitar tops.  I would steer away from laminated top guitars.  However, most of these budget guitars have laminated backs and sides, which makes their sound more uniform across the styles, and they are far more durable and resistant to changes in humidity and temperature.  
Solid wood guitars are more temperamental to changes in humidity and temperature, and are usually 2, 3, 4 times the price because of the quality of the tonewoods used for the back and sides.
 
The Yamaha Fg800 series also has stable, die-cast tuners that will keep the guitar in tune.  Cheaper tuners are found on some models, but these are durable, rust-resistant, and are geared properly to make the guitar easy to tune, while holding the strings in tension with stability.
 
The Yamaha Fg800 series is made of Nato sides and back, and laminated depending on your choice of wood tone.  Nato is often referred to as Eastern Mahogany, although it is not Mahogany.  It is very similar in tone, strength and density and therefore produces a similar sound to Mahogany for a fraction of the cost, because the wood is in much higher supply.
 
The Fg800 also boasts rosewood fingerboard and bridge, for a deep, beautiful color and ease of fingering along the fretboard.
 
 
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The Yamaha FG700 and FG800 guitars are not completely made of solid wood, as they use laminated wood over Nato to create durable, decent sounding guitars for beginners or intermediate players.  They will last a long time, too, as long as they are not abused.
 
seagull-s6-original-acoustic-guitar-bundleIf you have a bit more of a budget, and if you are interested in a solid wood guitar, one that will last and will grow gracefully with age, and will open up and actually sound better with age, you might want to spend a little more money and go with a Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar, for about $479 (includes a bundle of accessories for a great value).
 
The advantage of the Seagull over the Yamaha is significant, in that the craftsmanship is top-notch, and all of the wood used in the Seagull S6 Original is solid wood instead of laminated woods for the sides and back.  
The sound, to a growing guitarist, is significantly different and the quality of the instrument is in a much higher class, for only a couple of hundred dollars more.
 
The Seagull is made in LaPatrie Canada by a subsidiary or sister company of Godin Guitars.  The Canadians make some excellent acoustic guitars and this guitar player (me) is a big fan of Canadian guitars for superior craftsmanship and their access to excellent tone woods at a decent price.
 
I wrote up a complete, thorough review of the full Seagull line of guitars that you can read here if you want to read about all of the different options they create.
 
This guitar is offered in 3 different "bundles" depending on your budget.
 
seagull-s600-original-acoustic-guitar-dreadnought1) Seagull S6 Original acoustic guitar only - The guitar alone sells for about $389 and does NOT include a case or accessories.  
 
It would not make sense to buy the guitar by itself, unless you already have a case or will never be traveling or taking it anywhere.  
 
For most people, paying $10 or $20 more for one of the bundles below makes a lot more sense because you simply cannot buy a decent gig bag or case as cheaply as you can get it in one of the bundles below.
 
 
seagull-s600-original-acoustic-guitar-with-hardshell-case2) Seagull S600 acoustic guitar with hard shell case and stand - The hard case bundle sells for about $399 which is a significant value addition for only a few more bucks.
 
It would not make sense to buy the guitar alone for $389 when you can get a hard case and stand for only another $10 to $20 depending on the seller.
 
My personal preference for any guitar of value is to buy a matching hard case to protect the guitar.  
 
I have owned gig-bags and hard-cases, and the hard case, though heavier, will provide much more significant protection for the guitar if the player moves it around a lot from home to lessons or to church or gigs on the road.
 
seagull-s600-original-acoustic-guitar-bundle-gig-bagg-accessories-snark-tuner3)  Seagull S600 acoustic guitar with gig bag and multiple accessories - Some people prefer a lighter gig bag and accessories which retails for about $479.  
 
This also comes with a Snark Tuner, Strap, Capo, Picks, and Polishing Cloth.  
 
It's a great value for the person who will travel a lot with the guitar and is not worried about it getting run over by a car or dropped and beaten by siblings.
 
You can click on any of those guitar images and read more about the guitar bundles that are offered.
 
If you are interested in learning more about the Seagull Guitar Company and want to read a very thorough review on all of their offered guitar models, ranging from baseline models to professional Seagull guitars, you can read my full length Seagull Guitar review here.  
 
On that page, I go in to detail, comparing all of the differences in materials, body styles and price, and you can hear the different models played on videos while comparing them all in one place.
 
My final review for picking the right guitar for kids will be on the Full Size Student Classical Guitar.
 
Above, I wrote about the best 3/4 and 1/2 sized classical guitar, if the student, child or teen is below average size (or under 12 years of age) and is going into classical guitar studies strictly using finger-style, classical and flemenco guitar playing methods. 
 
Coming soon is the student, full-size classical guitar review here - so check back or bookmark this page.
 

#1 Pick for Student Full Size Classical Guitar- about $139

 
yamaha-cgs104a-full-size-classical-guitarThe Yamah CG104 A Full Size Classical guitar is a great, full size classical guitar for an average size kid about 12 years of age or older.
 
It is going to be lighter and smaller than a full size Dreadnought acoustic guitar because the body profile shoulders and lower bouts are smaller.
 
The classical "figure 8" shape is designed to be held easily and to fit across the lap so that the waist fits on the left thigh for a right-handed player.
 
It features: 
-Solid Sitka Spruce Top - for superior tone and projection
-Meranti / Mahogany-like Back & Sides
-True Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
- A Natural Finish
 
The dimensions are : 18.2 x 40.2 x 4.9 in - a standard classical guitar body
 
Yamaha has made quality budget guitars for years because they have been able to source tonewoods such as Meranti, which are alternatives to high-end solid tonewoods like Mahogany and Rosewood.
 
Meranti is sometimes called Red Lauan, which is from the Shorea genus of trees, and is abundant in southeast Asia. It is a decent replacement for Mahogany, and gives great overtones as well as a beautiful finish, for a classical guitar sound, without breaking the bank. 
 
This full size classical guitar by Yamaha is the same line as the 1/2 and 3/4 size classical guitars I reviewed above, but this one is for average size or larger teenagers (12 and above).   It comes with nylon strings, and should not really be strung with steel strings as it is not designed for that high of a string tension (near 180lbs).
 
If you have a few more bucks to invest, and would like a value bundle to go along with this guitar purchase, there are a few options.
 
yamaha-cgs104a-full-size-classical-guitar-bundle-with-gig-bag-tuner-instructional-dvd-strings-pick-card-polishing-clothyamaha-cgs104a-full-size-classical-guitar-bundle-with-hardshell-case-tuner-instructional-dvd-strings-pick-card-polishing-clothFor $20 more, you can get a great bundle with a gig bag to carry the guitar around.  
 
For $50 you can get the same bundle with a hardshell case.
 
Both bundles come with
-Case (gig bag or hardshell) 
-Digital Tuner
-Instructional DVD to get started right
-Nylon Strings (easier on the fingers than steel strings)
-Pick Card with multiple picks
-and a nice Polishing Cloth 
 
Both bundles are a great deal and the case is a nice added value to protect the guitar, albeit, the hardshell case offer significantly more protection than the gig bag, as I have owned both styles of cases and prefer the hardshell case.
 
 
5-star-yamaha-classical-guitar-review 5 STARS - Overall the sounds and build quality are excellent. - Purchaser on Amazon
 

5-star-yamaha-classical-guitar-review 5 STARS - The intonation is perfect and that was a pleasant surprise.   I recommend this for mature classical players as an excellent travel guitar.  Satisfied guitar owner- J.R. Strisik

5-star-yamaha-classical-guitar-review 5 STARS - this guitar blows my first classical guitar. . .out of the water.  Satisfied guitar owner bmk5140

If you are looking for a great classical guitar that is full-sized, or for a great travel classical guitar, this Yamaha CGS 104a Classical Guitar is really a great deal and is a durable, great sounding instrument that will last for several years.
 
Also, if you found this helpful, or you want me to review another guitar not listed on this page or website, please leave a comment below and share this page on Facebook or other sites where it would help others choose the right guitar for a child, student or teenager.
 
Thanks for reading!
 
 
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