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Fender Loog 3-String Guitar

Fender Loog 3-String Guitar  ·  Source: Loog Guitars

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Fender has partnered with Loog Guitars on a collection of mini, 3-string Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars which are aimed at kids. Loog guitars have been around for a number of years, but now you can buy Fender-branded models. But are these really good value for money for parents?

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Loog Guitars

These new guitars are designed by Loog in collaboration with Fender. They are aimed at parents that want their children to play an instrument.

They are being offered in mini Stratocaster and Telecaster formats. Each with three strings and one pickup with a single volume control.

Loog 3-String Stratocaster

Loog 3-String Stratocaster

3 Strings?

Why only 3 strings?

Well, the idea behind having fewer strings is to help budding young musicians be able to take on basic shapes and not be overwhelmed by a standard guitar layout with 6 strings.

Loog 3-string Strat

Loog 3-string Strat

Smaller

As both ukuleles and a Loog guitar are similar in size, this will, in theory, help parents to get a better understanding of if their child will feel comfortable or not before they make an investment in a full-sized instrument.

Smaller guitars are certainly easier for younger children to manage.

Loog /Fender 3-string Tele

3-string Tele

Mini Accessories

Loog also produces a mini amp ($79) and a range of basic accessories.  These include a gig bag priced at $39  and straps ranging from $19-29.

Once you add these to the guitar will push your purchase to around $300 or more. Which, could be an expensive way into learning the guitar for any family.

Take into account you may have to also pay for lessons for your child, and most guitar teachers will be using a 6-string guitar to teach with.

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Loog Mini Amp

Loog Mini Amp

Value for money?

I’m a parent myself and all my children at some point in their lives have wanted to have a go at playing the guitar (and drums). Which was something I was very keen for them to try out.

Smaller hands need a guitar that has scaled-down proportions, as if not it will be a major obstacle for a child. As a parent, we would like to see our children enjoy learning and for it to be fun.

Therefore, something that is practical in terms of size, that is going to last and not be a waste of money is the ideal purchase. Children go through fads and as we have to pay for all these things, we want to make the right purchase.

My thoughts, on these Loog/Fender models are that the price is very high for an instrument which is limited in terms of its lifespan. I can see it being useful for many children though and if you are willing to invest $199 in a basic instrument for your child it could be the first step on a long journey of musical discovery for your child.

School of Rock

I’m all for children being given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

All of my children have at one point been in school bands or attended those ‘Rock Star kids courses’ where they play covers of famous songs.

That whole School of Rock thing is now very popular in many schools across the UK and my kids all really enjoyed playing in bands with their friends.

However, I would prefer for them to at least try out a 6-string guitar, as that is what they are eventually going to want to play. As a parent who plays the guitar, I can always tune that 6-string guitar to an open chord and let them go wild.

For example, Open G will allow your mini-Keef or mini-Joni Mitchell to enjoy the guitar straight away, without the need for complex guitar chord shapes.

Affordable Alternatives

As I have been down the road of purchasing guitars for my own children, I have a great example of a guitar which is under half the price of the Loog/Fender.

And it has lasted in my family for well over 10 years and is still going strong to this day.

Harley Benton ST-Mini BK

Harley Benton ST-Mini BK

ST-Mini BK

I purchased the Harley Benton ST-Mini BK when my eldest daughter was interested in playing the guitar. It is the guitar in the photo above, she is now 17.

Plus, it has 6 strings, 3 pickups and plus more than just a single volume control, which means kids can experiment with tones and have fun learning, whilst discovering new sounds.

This extra engagement was a big plus for my own children and made learning a lot more interesting for them.

Harley Benton ST-Mini BK

ST-Mini BK with 6 strings and 3 pickups

Great Value and it Lasts

Though all my children have at some point played the exact same Harley Benton guitar and it has been going strong all this time. Plus, it is still working fine, stays in tune, gets played to this day and I can show them real chords on this guitar as it has 6 strings.

For me, as a parent, this was a great investment and has lasted for over a decade, which I think is a good example of a quality instrument.

MSRP – EUR 79 *

Harley Benton ST-Mini BK
Harley Benton ST-Mini BK
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(148)

They also do a few other electric guitar styles. Perfect for if you want something less Strat-like. So there are some good style choices for budding musicians.

Harley Benton RG-Junior BK Rock Series
Harley Benton RG-Junior BK Rock Series
Customer rating:
(180)
Harley Benton SC-200BK Mini
Harley Benton SC-200BK Mini
Customer rating:
(30)

Mini Guitar Amps

And for guitar amps, my kids all used the Marshall MS-2 * which is still going and offers some great guitar tones and is also super portable and can be battery operated.

Plus, it will work on headphones, which is great for everyone.

Marshall MS-2

Marshall MS-2

More Mini Amps

Below are a few mini amps you can buy that work well for children (and adults) and aren’t going to cost a fortune.

They can power from a battery and are perfect for any budding guitarist.

Marshall MS-2
Marshall MS-2
Customer rating:
(888)
Marshall MS-4
Marshall MS-4
Customer rating:
(383)
Blackstar FLY 3 Mini Amp BK
Blackstar FLY 3 Mini Amp BK
Customer rating:
(551)
Harley Benton MA-5 Miniamp
Harley Benton MA-5 Miniamp
Customer rating:
(211)
Orange Crush Mini
Orange Crush Mini
Customer rating:
(152)
Joyo MA-10E Portable Guitar Amp
Joyo MA-10E Portable Guitar Amp
Customer rating:
(57)
Fender Mini-Tonemaster
Fender Mini-Tonemaster
Customer rating:
(38)

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Image Sources:
  • Loog 3-String Stratocaster: Loog Guitars
  • Loog 3-string Strat: Loog Guitars
  • 3-string Tele: Loog Guitars
  • Loog Mini Amp: Loog
  • Harley Benton ST-Mini BK: Jef Stone
  • ST-Mini BK with 6 strings and 3 pickups: Thomann
  • Marshall MS-2: Thomann
Fender Loog 3-String Guitar

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4 responses to “Fender partners with Loog on kids guitar: Are they value for money?”

    JP says:
    0

    You are singing the praises of a Harley Benton guitar on a site sponsored by Thomann? What a remarkable coincidence! For a moment I almost believed the story you’ve told there 😆

      Jef says:
      2

      I bought that Harley Benton long before Gearnews even existed and my younger kids still play it today. I think we’ve had it getting on for nearly 11 or 12 years now. Pretty sure my daughter is about 5 or 6 in the photo in the article. This site is definitely associated with Thomann, but we are all independent writers, so we will say what is good and bad about any products, even Harley Benton ones.

      AF says:
      1

      HB is the best cheap guitar deal anyway. No need to hate. I got 4k guitars and HB’s as well. Love them all.

    Nishi says:
    1

    This is a really cool idea, but at $200, it’s a non starter. Why spend that much money on this when you can just get a real guitar for the same price and remove the bottom 3 strings.

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