1/2 Size Left Handed Guitars For Small Children

Half Size Left Handed Guitars For Kids

Are you a parent looking for a smaller sized left handed guitar for your child to begin learning on? This article is aimed at you!  We’ll split it up into two parts – this first article will discuss half sized left handed guitar options and the second post will look at ¾ sized options.

Half sized guitars are difficult to find in general, so as you can imagine, left handed options aren’t exactly a dime a dozen! However, you should be able to find something fairly easily on the internet, a few of which I have listed below. As a general rule of thumb, 1/2 size guitars are the correct size for kids aged around 5-9, or from roughly 3’7″ and over.

Of course there’s always the option of restringing a right handed guitar upside down.  I don’t generally recommend this route, but at this introductory phase of guitar it might be a satisfactory temporary option.

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

Half Size Left Handed Acoustic Guitars

1. Washburn Oscar Schmidt OGHS Natural – link
2. Washburn Oscar Schmidt OGHS Black
 – link
3. Guitar Works Classicallink
4. Omega Classicallink
5. SX RSM Packagelink

The choice here is pretty straightforward! If you’re after a steel string acoustic, simply pick up an Oscar Schmidt OGHS in your choice of either natural or black. The Oscar Schmidt range of guitars is produced by Washburn, so you know you’re getting a quality instrument with one of these. These two are definitely LeftyFretz reader favorites judging from the lovely emails I get from happy owners. I’ve noticed that a couple of pointless reviews on the link above have dragged down the overall score of the guitar. 1/5 because you didn’t realise it was a 1/2 size guitar? Please don’t let these silly reviews put you off.

As for classical nylon strung guitars, on a very tight budget you have the Omega, but for a little extra money the GuitarWorks model is a higher quality instrument. The GuitarWorks classical includes strap, gigbag, picks and quality, brand name strings. Crucially, the neck features an adjustable truss-rod to prevent warping. They’ll even give it a proper set-up in their store to ensure it plays perfectly. Excellent value for money!

And I know that some younger players just have to have a pink guitar. So why not check out the SX RSM package which includes a gig-bag, strap, and picks – everything you need to get started! Also available in blue for the boys!

Popular ½ Sized Left Handed Electric Guitars

Half Sized Left Handed Electric Guitars

1. SX RST Sunburst Package link
2. SX RST Red Packagelink
3. SX RST Purple Packagelink
4. Axl Headliner – ½ and ¾ size available

Again, we aren’t exactly overwhelmed with options, so the choice here is also fairly straightforward! The SX RST from RondoMusic offers everything your child will need to get started. The package includes a pocket amp with headphones, lead, strap, gigbag and even an instructional DVD. Choose your favorite color and dive in! The Axl is also a fine choice, but might prove a little difficult to find out in the wilds!

The SX RSTs come with a handy headphone amp for quiet practice, but if you’d like to rock out loud then check out our guide to beginner guitar amps.

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.

Final Thoughts

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! A fun, and even smaller option for a child would be a lefty ukulele!

10 replies
  1. Leonard Justice
    Leonard Justice says:

    Hello guys, this is Leonard. I emailed you about a 1/2 sized guitar for my son last week, I've been keeping reading the site so it was nice to see this guide appear. We ended up buying the Washburn that you suggested here and my son couldn't be happier, it seems to be a really great guitar and fits him perfectly.

    I will keep an eye out for your 3/4 sized guide so that we know what to upgrade to later on. Keep up the good work!

    All the best and thanks again for your advice.
    Leonard and Sam

    • LeftyFretz
      LeftyFretz says:

      No problem at all Leonard. Washburn make solid guitars so I assumed they would be a safe bet versus the other limited 1/2 sized models available. Best of luck to the litte man.

  2. Richard A.
    Richard A. says:

    Hello! Awesome website for a parent who has a lefty aspiring 6 year old musician… thank you! In your post you mentioned the Yamaha CGS102 classical as good left handed guitar. For some reason I cannot find a left handed model in any of the stores here in the US, websites or on even on the Yamaha website. Am I looking in the wrong places? Is this a model that could be easily converted into a lefty by simply flipping the strings?

    Thanks again for the advice!

    • Neal
      Neal says:

      Hi Richard. I just had a quick look and I couldn't find one either, so I assumme they’ve been discontinued. Either way, classical guitars are visually symmetrical in design and should make great candidates for switching over to lefty. They WOULD be braced internally for a right handed string setup, but since it is a guitar that will likely be used for a short period before upgrading I don't see this ever becoming a problem in your situation.

      Alternatively you could consider a 3/4 Sized model where you will have much more choice of instruments – the size difference isn't as noticeable as you would think. http://instruments.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=(lef… At the end of the day it is a guitar that will be used for a short period of time and honestly anything you can find within budget should serve its purpose. Trying to find an amazing 1/2 sized lefty (or even righty!) guitar would drive anyone insane… Best of luck 🙂

  3. PK
    PK says:

    My son is turning 5 this week. He really wants a electric guitar. He’s left handed. I play guitar moderately and grew up learning youshould start on an acoustic but he really has no desire for one. I am not sure what to do with his desire for electric. Any thoughts would be helpful. Also recommendations on a guitar is helpful.


    • Neal
      Neal says:

      It’s a niche within a niche within a niche. Even right handed 1/4 size guitars can be tricky to come by. I’d recommend trying out a 1/2 size model if you can. If should still be perfectly usable for most, and will last a lot longer.

  4. Mrs Lawrence
    Mrs Lawrence says:

    My daughter is only 2 and is obsessed by my dad’s guitar. We want to get her one…any tips? At the minute she holds his and she sits on his knee strumming while he does the frets… but she keeps asking to “do it myself”….


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