As DS has managed to lose his He has form for being ditzy and knows that he needs to replace things when the loss is his fault (this rule was implemented after the third set of trainers in a year episode) So now he needs a guitar by Friday and realistically Amazon will be our best bet His last one was a 3/4 size and I think that’s still the most suitable (he’s 13) and he’s recently passed his RGT grade 2 so wants something he can actually use (rather than a cheap toy IYSWIM) Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated
I assume we are talking classical guitars? At 13 unless he is really very small for his age I think a full size would make more sense.
A Yamaha student guitar? I have bought guitars on-line from Woodbrass - quick delivery and reasonable prices. I wouldn't be keen on buying guitars from amazon as you don't know that they are stored correctly (i.e. correct temp and humidity).
I think we need to pop to the local music shop TBH, an experience I try and avoid if I can possibly help it just we live in a stone cottage, one of its few advantages is that I could play the bagpipes and our neighbours would be clueless
A previous poster (Mistigri) mentioned Yamaha, and I was coming on here to say that, but saw her post. I have 7 guitars (a mixture of guitars and basses) and I have had my trusty old Yamaha acoustic since about 1976. They tick all the boxes in that they are cheap, known build quality, and sound good.
As the poster also says though, don't buy from Amazon, but from a proper guitar shop/website, as storage is critical with guitars, and if a non specialist import/export company have got hold of a load of guitars they won't be too fussed about how they store them.
I forgot to ask your budget- the cheapest Yamaha's start at about £120, but don't be put off by the cheap price- they are good quality guitars, but, as always, go for the best you can afford, as the £150 ones will obviously be a little better.
If your budget stretches to around the £200 mark, then also have a look at Takamine ( pronounced " Tak-ka-mee-nay), who also do top quality budget guitars.
Takamine are excellent guitars and I also say get a full size one. I’m pretty petite and was playing a full size from the age of 12. Just look for something with a narrower neck if you feel his hands are on the small side etc.