Many kids gravitate towards learning Bass Guitar either after starting out on electric or identifying with Bass players in their favorite bands. In many cases, after playing solo guitar for a year or two your child might desire to switch to bass in order to be part of a neighborhood or school band. There are often more guitar players than needed so learning Bass guitar can be a big plus as Bass players are more sought after.
Here are three recommendations for a first Bass Guitar sized for kids. All three choices are fairly inexpensive and have shorter necks under 30″. For comparison, a standard sized scale for a bass is 34″.
1 Fender Squier Bronco Bass Guitar
There’s something very appealing about getting started on a Fender and the Bronco has the same cool styling as it’s larger brothers in the Fender Line. The pickup couldn’t be simpler, one middle pick up with volume and tone adjustments. No frills here, just a basic solid instrument at a great price. The short 30″ scale and light weight is an excellent fit for kids over 8 years old.
2. Ibanez Mikro Short Scale Bass Guitar, model GSRM20
This is a good choice for kids transitioning from guitar to bass. The 28.6 ” neck is not too different from a guitar and allows guitar licks and scales to transfer over much easier. It’s a good fit for small hands and would be a super choice for smaller kids and girls. Given the small size, the Ibanez has fantastic low end and sounds great right out of the box.
3. Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass Guitar in Cherry Red
Starting with the classic SG shape in a awesome cherry red, the Epiphone is hard to beat. It’s the most expensive of our three selections but still come in under $ 200. The EB-0 features SideWinder bass humbucker pickup, rosewood fret board with dot inlay, and chrome hardware including a fully-adjustable 3-point bridge. As with our previous choices, it has a short scale narrow neck which makes it a great choice as a for kids. One great thing about the SG cutaway shape it allows easy access to the frets for playing high notes. The sound is booming for a bass in this price range and the construction is very solid.
In summary, these three bass guitars were selected to be a good fit for younger players and come in a an inexpensive price. Kids who want to get into playing Bass won’t go wrong with any of these choices, happy rockin’!
Gina Kamentsky’s website BestGuitars4Kids features advice on guitars and accessories for kids starting out playing guitar. She’s been playing bass in bands most of her life.
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