I need some help picking a guitar for my nephew

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  1. Filipem

    Filipem Senior Member

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    Hi guys,
    First off I posted here as I wasn't sure where on the forum this pertains if it's wrong mods please move at your discretion.

    I need a little direction here as I've never purchased a guitar for a child before. The little guy after a tough battle with brain cancer has finally almost fully recovered and has asked his mom for a guitar. She asked me what would be a good acoustic guitar for an 8 year old and I honestly had no idea. I'm looking for a used one to try to get the best one I can with a $200 budget and because well he's 8 years old and I don't think it's going to get the hell beaten out of it. I'm thinking something with a small body and a short scale and somewhat good tuners. Tone or sound is irrelevant as this point. If he takes to it ill get him something nice when he gets a bit older.

    Any help is much appreciated.
     
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  2. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    When someone is looking for a bargain acoustic guitar, I always say Yamaha. Their short-scale models are very well made.
     
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    I agree with yamaha or a used baby taylor.
     
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    JonR Senior Member

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    For an 8-year-old I'd recommend a 3/4 size. Nylon string ones are cheap and easy to find (and easy on the fingers), steel-strings may be rarer.
    8-year-olds will struggle with an adult-size acoustic, even a short-scale one. But if he's enthusiastic enough he should be able to get something out of anything.
    One other advantage of a 3/4 size instrument is it will obviously he "his" - he will have a sense of ownership which he might not feel with one designed for a grown-up. (A grown-up would look silly playing his 3/4 size one.)
     
  5. Filipem

    Filipem Senior Member

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    Great advice thank you everyone
     
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    Yes,

    3/4 size acoustic is the way to go. Tanglewood make a beautiful 3/4 acoustic model.
     

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