Acoustic guitars are common for those learning to play; they don’t require any extra equipment. But they’re also big, with wide necks, and can be hard to press the strings—especially if you’re a child trying to learn. One option is the smaller ¾-sized guitar.

Full Kit

The strings on this instrument are easy to press for small hands without adult-level finger strength or calluses. J&Z

For kids first learning how to play guitar, there are some physical challenges that adults may not know about. For one thing, small hands may find it difficult to reach around the entire neck, or to reach the end, near the head of the guitar. For another, kids don’t have the hand or finger strength required to depress steel, normal-sized acoustic guitar strings. One good learning option is a ¾ size guitar with nylon, sometimes called Spanish or classical strings—these are much easier to press.

Easy to Play

This kit includes everything a beginner could need, including a travel case and accessories to keep the guitar playing well. Yamaha

One misunderstood fact about ¾-size guitars is that they’re not actually 75% the size of a regular guitar. The sizing actually refers to the size of only the guitar’s neck, not the total length of the guitar. In reality, a ¾ size guitar is more like ⅞ the size of a typical guitar, which means it’s not as big of a deal to graduate to the larger size when your child is ready.

Budget Pick

You’ll always be on key, thanks to included accessories. Pyle

But keep in mind that ¾ size guitars aren’t only for teaching purposes. For adults with smaller hands, a ¾ size guitar might be more comfortable. They’re also slightly more portable than full-sized guitars, and almost always much cheaper.