Are you a parent looking for a smaller sized left handed guitar for your child to begin learning on? This article is for you! This guide will be split into two parts – this first article will discuss ½ sized left handed guitar options and the second article will look at ¾ sized options.
Before I list a few good 1/2 sized left handed guitars, let’s take a look at a couple of methods which will help you unearth what you require.
If you want to buy new then I would suggest Google Shopping to be your first port of call, as this will give you some options from a wide variety of stores. To do this go to your country’s Google homepage and enter these search terms minus the quotes- “left handed ½ guitar”. On the results page you will see a link for “Shopping” along the top bar – click that to display what Google has found for you.
Some of these won’t be ½ sized guitars as other guitars and products with similar keywords will get mixed into the results. For example you may get some guitars with a 25 ½ inch scale length thrown in. To overcome this you can sort the results by price or play around with your search terms until you find a happy medium.
Being from the UK I am not familiar with the likes of Craigslist or any other international based auction-style websites, so for the purpose of this example I will use eBay. Of course not all guitars on eBay are used, and as such it can be a great alternative source of new guitars.
Head over to your country’s eBay, find the guitar section and enter these search terms into the search box at the top without quotes – “(left,lefty,lh/l/h,southpaw) ½”. Be careful to enter these terms in the general ‘guitar’ section and not the ‘left handed’ section as many sellers will list in different categories. If you’ve read my eBay Guide you will understand exactly how to make the most of the results.
Enough yapping, let’s see the guitars!! Here are a few stand-out choices which I can recommend.
Popular ½ Sized Left Handed Acoustic Guitars
Washburn Oscar Schmidt OGHS/B – ½ and ¾ sizes available – link link2
Aranjuez A4-Z Classical – ¼, ½ and ¾ sizes available – link
Ortega R121L-1/2 Classical – link
Ortega R122L-1/2 Classical – link
Guitar Works Classical – link
Popular ½ Sized Left Handed Electric Guitars
Popular 1/2 Sized Left Handed Bass Guitars
Don’t even waste your time. Check out the next article for some short scale left handed bass options.
I wouldn’t concern yourself too much with quality as it just isn’t a big issue with ½ sized guitars. These models are cheap and designed to give the kids an easy introduction to playing guitar, but will be quickly outgrown and discarded in favor of larger, better sounding/playing guitars. Of course there’s always the option of restringing a right handed guitar upside down. I don’t recommend this route in my earlier post on restringing upside-down, but at this introductory phase of guitar it might be a satisfactory temporary option.
Of course, depending on where you live you may not be able to find any guitars at all. After all, the ½ sized market is incredibly niche already and it can be hard enough finding a right handed guitar in this size bracket.
So if you can’t find what you need you may want to consider moving up to a ¾ sized guitar as these are much more readily available and are generally no more expensive than their ½ sized counterparts. A ¾ sized guitar may be slightly more of a handful for younger kids but it will make the transition to full size guitars that much easier later on. Take a look at this video of some children playing guitars which are bigger than they are! After watching that a 3/4 sized model might not seem too big after all…
Check out the 3/4 Sized Left Handed Guitars Guide as well!