Back To School, Lessons, And Finding The Right Guitar

Photo courtesy of Ben Meade

Photo courtesy of Ben Meade

We're just days away from parents sending their kids back to school and new and returning students coming back to the University of Arkansas and surrounding colleges. This is also the time of year when we begin to see new and returning faces in our lesson program. For those of you who are returning, welcome back. For those thinking about picking up an instrument for the first time and taking lessons, we're here to help. 

We offer a variety of lessons, including guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass, voice, and piano. With five instructors on hand, we have available slots throughout the week. Whether you just started or have been playing for years, we have lesson programs to assist you on your musical journey.





For more information on our lesson program or to view instructor bios, click here.

Looking for the right guitar to fit your musical needs? We carry more than 100 acoustic guitars and more than 60 electric guitars. To view our inventory of acoustic guitars, click here. To check out our selection of electric guitars, click here. Got questions about a particular instrument? Feel free to give the store a call at 479-442-7021 or send us an email at

We typically suggest that children are at least 6 years old when they start taking lessons with us so that their attention spans are developed enough for a 30 minute lesson each week. If you have a young child wanting to pick up a guitar, here are a few recommendations for smaller kids:

Baby Taylor

Portable, playable and affordable, the Baby features a solid spruce or solid mahogany top and yields impressive volume and tone for its compact, three-quarter-size scale. Each Baby Taylor comes in a gig bag for easy toting convenience. Sunrise Guitars carries three different options for the Baby Taylor. We have the BT1, BT1e (with electronics), and the BT2

Taylor GS Mini

A marvel of scaled-down design, the GS Mini is a fun little acoustic cannon that has taken the world by storm. Sporting a rich, full voice that belies its compact size, the Mini is ultra-portable, yet just as comfortable to cradle in the comfort of your home, making it the ultimate modern-day parlor guitar. Sunrise Guitars currently carries three different options for the Taylor GS Mini. We have the GS Mini Mahogany, GS Mini-e Walnut, and the GS Mini-e Koa

Little Martin

While the Little Martin is Martin's smallest guitar, it is very big on tone, quality and versatility. The Little Martin model features a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany high-pressure laminate HPL back and sides. It’s ideal for travel, student practice or for just playing around the house or campfire. Sunrise Guitars carries the LX1 and the LX1E (with electronics).

Martin Dreadnought Junior

Fashioned for player comfort, clear powerful tone and easy action, the Dreadnought Junior is reduced to approximately 15/16” of the full Martin 14-fret Dreadnought dimension (14 ¼” width at the lower bout) with an expressive 24” scale length. A solid Sitka spruce or Sapele top features scalloped ¼” high performance X-bracing with a double asymmetrical tone bar. Sunrise Guitars carries the D Jr., D Jr. E (with electronics), D Jr. 2, and the D Jr. 2E (with electronics).

Eastman ACTG1

Inspiration can strike at any time in any place, that’s why having a travel guitar by your side is necessary for beginners to virtuosos. The smaller body and scale allow for a portable instrument that always lends itself to easy travel. Sunrise Guitars is proud to carry the Eastman ACTG1

Yamaha APXT2 & JR2

The Yamaha APXT2 is a 3/4 size of the world best-selling acoustic-electric guitar, APX500II. This fun, yet well-constructed compact guitar makes a great company when you are on a road. APXT2 features ART-based pickup system and a Yamaha’s proprietary tuner with great sensitivity and accuracy for quick tuning. The Yamaha JR2 is a compact acoustic guitar modeled after Yamaha's long selling FG series. Its compact size and authentic acoustic tone make the JR2 and excellent take along, play anywhere guitar. Great for campfire sing alongs, road trips or anywhere you want to be able to play. Sunrise Guitars carries the APXT2 Black, APXT2 Dark Red Burst, APXT2 Natural, and the JR2