“ Smyths / Acoustic Guitar / Linden plywood top board sides and back and maple wood fingerboard. „
The guitar is without doubt one of the most iconic instruments of recent history, it is one of the first instruments you learn as a child, and one of the most likely used by parents and people around you. The reasoning: it's practical, accessible and simple. However, learning to play the thing with any decency can be a long hard task - and that's where this 36inch length acoustic model comes into play. The 'Smyths Guitar' is a triumph, it makes learning easy in so many ways:
For a start, this guitar is fitted with nylon strings which are much easier to press down at the frets and strum at the body. They are softer under touch, and though your fingers will still construct toughened skin at the tips, they won't hurt as much whilst doing this. The guitar acts as a way of easing into the learning - not only are the strings easier to press, they are more flexible, allowing you to bend to greater extremes and strum heavily without damage.
The length is better suited to younger people - the ones more likely to be learning. But the length can help full-sized adults as well as kiddies to get started. There are less frets to worry about, and the neck is thinner meaning your hand can grip around it without too much of a stretch (something which can feel quite awkward and uncomfortable at the beginning of the learning experience). Length and width reduction helps with storage and means the device is more light-weight, so kids can pick up the thing easier and hold it on their knee steadily. The balance is just right too and this helps new-comers get used to how the instrument feels sitting on their knee.
It's a lovely guitar to tune and re-string. The tuning screws at the head of the instrument swivel nicely, offering little resistance and allowing for the accurate tuning of each individual melody maker well. Standard strings of the nylon variety for acoustics are used, these can be purchased from any suitable online retailer or high street store. At the base (bridge) of the guitar the strings slot in, at the top they are ravelled, then tightened and cut. You must cut your strings, lose ends can cause eye injury and make the guitar look messy and un-looked after. When there's kids involved it's vital you cut them down to prevent accidental injury.
I have highlighted the many benefits of starting out your guitaring career with Smyths acoustic 36inch length guitar, the only thing left for you is to buy one of them. They are cheap as chips, about £30, and they last a life-time if looked after correctly and used in good spirit. Material bags can be bought at low prices for all Smyths guitars (www.smythstoys.com) and they come in a range of sizes - some smaller and some larger than the one reviewed here - I believe there's a 30incher for example.
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I am the one that has to take the whole family shopping at christmas and one of the stores we visit is Smyths toy store. I am not really keen on this store sometimes due to they don't do a range of toys that I am looking for when I go but I have got a store very local to me so it is convenient. We went last christmas with my dad to get my childrens christmas presants from him to them. We had a limit of money which is why we visited this store due to they do childrens toys cheaper than some stores and it was open late.
When we were walking round the store we had already bought everything but decided to keep looking and walked past the music isle. In this isle we were attracted to some of the instuments in it due to my late Uncle used to play the guitar, my stepson and partner have electric guitars and my dad has been trying to play bless him. A few months prior to that my father had bought my son a guitar from the market close to our home but it was an adult one which meant that it was very hard for him to hold but he loved to try and play it. He always took this guitar to my dads to play when he stayed there. All of a sudden my dad noticed this one. He had already bought him what he had asked for but couldn't resist this and was impressed with the price tag of £20.
This was a very beautiful classic guitar, it was a mini version of the big one that he owned. It was sold to my dad when he found that it came with a learning book, spare strings and a plec on top of all that it came with a reasonable price tag.
I must say my son wasn't as impressed when he opened this at christmas due to he had already got one which made me laugh it was a typical senario of the grown boys with their toys. He soon realised that he was able to hold this alot better and sit comfortably with it on his lap. He also found that his little hands could reach every string on the neck which was more than he could do with the other one and soon gave the bigger one to his grandad so that they can learn to play together.
He doesn't understand the book so my partner has shown him how to play a few chords which is good for the bonding session with them. He also ensures that he takes it to his grandads everytime he stays so that they are practicing at home. It very rearly comes out at home and 2 days ago one of my daughters broke the string on it which I am yet to replace.
I found that it is a very smart guitar, it is very solid and the strings are good quality too. I think this is very cheap for the budding learners but it is an advantage if you are going to send your child for lessons or know someone who can play and will show them how to play. My step son has played with this on the odd occasion that he has come to visit so it has not yet been a waste of money but I am sure that it is a fase that is due to run out. I don't feel that money has been wasted and for a child it is a perfect size and is very heavy duty.
Acoustic guitar for children.