Starter acoustic for daughter/Irish jams

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  1. Rockdog

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    My 6-year-old daughter is starting to take an interest in guitar. I have a beater Ibanez dreadnought that is just too big for her to learn on. I want to get her a decent starter that's small in size but not a toy. I must admit I have my own selfish reasons as I occasionally play in Irish seisuns at my local Hibernian club where space is tight and a smaller guitar would just work better. Any ideas? My budget is pretty small...$200-300 range. Thanks!
     
  2. RevMike

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    Got my daughter started on a Fender Malibu that I'd previously used in an Irish band. Worked out perfectly for both of us. I still grab it now and then.
     
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    Baby Taylor, especially used.

    Why not take her shopping? Hand size, reach, body size, and style (looks are important!) preference can be all over the map for kids. Heck, she may even play opposite handed than you might think. My daughter is a lefty that played right handed before she switched to saxophone.
     
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    Wood no laminate guitar that has a small body and I think a shorter scale length. Really nice guitars for 299.99 that being said a 6 year old will probability need a 1/2 size guitar.
     
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    +1 on the taylor
     
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    For a 6 year old, I'd make sure it is a 24 to 24.75 scale length. Playing irish, stuff, I'd stay away from the bluesier parlors. I actually played in an acoustic group that performed many irish tunes with my Fender Malibu and worked very well. They have made it in both 24.75 and 25.5 scale lengths and mine was the shorter one. If you can find a used Taylor GS Mini with the 23" or so scale (my wife has one), I would recommend that over anything else that I can think of.
     
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    Baby Taylor. I used to have one. These aren't toys, and are good for serious adult use if your daughter loses interest. Budget for a set up, because playability is much more important than tone for a beginner.
     
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    I'll put in another vote for the Art & Lutherie small bodied guitars. Amazing playability and sound for the price point (which happens to be the price point you are shooting for). I own a baby Taylor - it's small and pretty playable - makes a great travel/camping guitar. Between the two, my choice would be the Art & Lutherie for the situation you are describing.
     
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    I think that the A&L is good too, I almost bought the cedar-topped version. Come to that, it might be better than the BT, I could happily toss a coin to choose
     
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    There are loads of great choices, but this is the most important thing. There are lots of pretty decent guitars out there in the low price range, but getting the thing set up right can make any of them play well and serve the purpose.
     
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    Another seven-year-old thread floats to the surface. Why, why, why? 99.44% pure?
     
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    Alvarez parlor tremendous value, also baby Taylor, Art and Lutherie parlor, Seagull.
     
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    Better think much shorter than that. I think I sized my 6 year old to a 1/2 size. Elbow must bend to get the hand over the fretboard.
     
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    Actually it's a 6 year old girl
     
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    I haven't played the A&L, but I had a Baby Taylor when they first came out, and I plan on getting another eventually. Very nice.
     
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    Actually, it's a fifteen-year-old girl!
     
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    Baby Taylor, Martin LXM, Art & Lutherie Ami.

    All the good ones have been named. The Martin with the Stratabond neck may be the most durable.

    The "Taylor Swift" Baby Taylor will be a huge seller this Christmas.

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    She would love it...

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    On sale today at $299 Guitar Center
     
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    Get her a Lowden, start her off right in Irish music.
     
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