Fender Squier Hello Kitty Mini Electric Guitar, Black

by Guitar Reviewer

  • BODY: Laminated Hardwood
  • NECK: Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 20 Medium
  • SCALE LENGTH: 22.75″ (575 mm)

Product Description
The black Squier Hello Kitty Mini guitar is designed to bring music to younger hearts and smaller hands, with the smiling face of Hello Kitty herself right on the front! A great-sounding and great-playing guitar, its smaller scale and smooth maple neck makes it easy for the up-and-coming rocker in your house. The three single-coil pickups let you purr or roar!… More >>

Price: $219.95
Rating: 4.0 (1 reviews)

Fender Squier Hello Kitty Mini Electric Guitar, Black

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d-18v February 24, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I have the pink version. There is something they both have in common that is so important that I’m mentioning it here, too.

This a short scale, mini-Stratocaster. Many reviews on other sites talk about how hard it is to keep in tune. There is some truth to this, although not for reasons many would suspect, and hence this review.

The problem with this guitar is not its short scale. It is that it has a short scale and relatively tall frets. To start with the obvious: a player presses on the string and once the string hits the fret the note corresponding to that fret is produced. With most guitars, when the string is in tight contact with the fret, the finger is also on the finger board. That is not the case here. In many positions, the finger is not quite touching the fingerboard once there is enough pressure to place the string firmly against the fret. That means it’s still possible to depress the string further. When that happens, it’s like “bending” the string. The note will go sharp. Since this happens to different degrees for different strings, a properly fingered chord can sound positively AWFUL. However, with the proper amount of pressure, the instrument sounds fine. Think of it as the child’s version of the Yngwie Malmsteen Signature model, only the frets are raised rather than having the fingerboard scooped out!

There are two ways to view this. One is that it’s a reason to avoid the instrument completely. Another is that it’s a good way to learn proper technique–exerting just enough pressure to do things right rather than hold the neck in a death grip.

Otherwise, it’s pink and it’s Hello Kitty. It’s a mini-Strat, so it’s small and will fit in the youngest hands. It’s not terminally cute. I find it just cute enough.

Also, just for the record, the Hello Kitty logo is responsible for 1/3 of the price, that is, you can find a mini-Strat without Hello Kitty for about 2/3 the price…but it won’t be a Hello Kitty mini-Strat.
Rating: 4 / 5

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