My niece is starting to play some guitar, as my sister has started as well. She's trying to play on a big acoustic, and while it's hilarious to see her try to play it, she's actually trying hard, and seems to have good time (ie, she's definitely not a bassist).
I know Ibanez has the Mikro's with a 22" scale and tiny bodies... Are there any other short-scale guitar options out there that I should be looking at?
How about one of those travel guitars? Like a used one of these?
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Or are you looking for electric, since 5 year olds break everything they touch?