Best guitars for kids 2024: top electric and acoustic guitars for children

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So your little one has decided they want to play guitar? Well, choose the right instrument and they'll be set on a course to rock stardom; make the wrong decision and you could halt their progress completely. Now, we know it's very difficult to know where to start when it comes to child-friendly guitars, but don't worry, we're here to help! In this guide to the best guitars for kids, we've hand-picked five electric guitars and five acoustic guitars that we found to be ideal for young players just starting out.

Playing the guitar is a fantastic way for a child to channel their energy and passion into something truly creative - it can also help boost their self-confidence, too. In addition, playing any musical instrument is a surefire way to make friends and learn audible and visual communication skills, as well as set them up with a hobby they are likely to carry with them forever. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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