¾ Size Guitars For Kids (Or Adults Who Like Cute, Small Things)

Smaller guitars are easier to learn on, or to travel with.

siblings playing the guitar
A ¾ size guitar will more easily fit into a kid’s hands.Unsplash

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.

Beginner Guitar Acoustic Classical Guitar 3/4 Junior Size 36 inch Kids Child Student Guitar 6 Nylon Strings Guitar Starter Kits with Waterproof Bag Guitar Clip Tuner Strap Picks Wipe
The strings on this instrument are easy to press for kids 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.

Yamaha CGS102A 1/2-Size Classical Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Strings, String Winder, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth
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.

Yamaha JR2 Junior-Size 33-Inch Acoustic Guitar - Tobacco Sunburst Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Strings, String Winder, Picks, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth
Unlike many other models, this one has steel strummers to produce a rich tone.Yamaha

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.