Recently we wrote a guide to ½ sized left handed guitars for kids after receiving several emails from parents with lefty children. As we revealed in that article, there are very few lefty guitars which fall into that size bracket, so this week we’ll take a look at ¾ sized guitars where we’ll find a much larger number of left handed options to choose from.
Take a look back at the half size left handed guitars article for tips on how to search Google and eBay for the best results. Obviously this time we’ll need to change ‘1/2’ for ‘3/4’ but everything else will remain the same.
Compared to half-sized models, three-quarter sized guitars will open up a much wider assortment of guitars including some from a handful of the bigger brands. A suitable guitar (or even a full beginner package!) should be attainable for less than $100 if on a budget.
Let’s dive right in and take a look at a few good examples… click the buttons below to jump to the relevant sections! Links are provided for each guitar so that you can see their current pricing.
- Washburn Oscar Schmidt OG1 Natural – link link2
- Washburn Oscar Schmidt OG1 Black – link
- Washburn Oscar Schmidt OG1 Cutaway Natural – link
- Stagg SW201 Blueburst – link
- Stagg SW201 Pink – link
- Stagg SW201 Black – link
- Stagg SW201 Natural – link
- Johnson JG-TR2 Natural – link
- Daisy Rock Wildwood Pink – link
- Taylor BT-1 Baby Taylor – link
- Taylor BT-2 Baby Taylor – link
- Taylor Swift Baby Taylor – link
- Taylor GS Mini – link
- Martin LX1 Little Martin – link
- Washburn Oscar Schmidt OB25 Black – link
- Ibanez GSRM20L Mikro Black – link
- Brice HXB 5-String – link
- Douglas Violin Bass – link
- Guitar Works Classical Package – link
- Valencia Classical Package – link
- Ortega Classical Guitar – link link2
- Ortega Elecro-Acoustic Classical – link
- SX RST Red Package – link
- SX RST Sunburst Package – link
- SX RST Purple Package – link
- SX RST Black Package – link
- SX RST White Package – link
- SX RST Pink Package – link
- SX Furrian Sunburst – link
- Axl Headliner Black – link
- Axl Headliner Blue – link
- Axl Badwater SRO – link
- Stagg S300 Black – link
- Stagg S300 Natural – link
- Ibanez GRGM21L Mikro – link
- Jay Turser JT-30 Black – link
Any of those should make a suitable first guitar. Some of the models I listed are not strictly ¾ sized – some are simply shorter scale-length guitars which basically means the same thing. With shorter scale length guitars the frets are closer together, which should make it easier for smaller hands to navigate the fretboard. The majority of full sized guitars have a scale length of 25.5 inches, whereas most Les Paul or SG style guitars are slightly shorter at 24.75 inches. If you are unable to locate a 3/4 sized model, try and find a full sized Les Paul as opposed to a Strat or Tele which both have the longer scale length.
Lefty Travel Guitars
It may also be worthwhile having a look into left handed travel guitars if you can’t find anything to your liking from the ¾ sized market. Travel guitars are designed to be mobile (duh!) and as such they may turn out to be a good smaller instrument for your kids. Check out my article on left handed travel guitars.
As A Last Resort
If all else fails, buy a right handed instrument and string it left handed. As we mentioned in our article on restringing a right handed guitar upside down this isn’t the best route to take, but if no other options are available it may be a necessary evil until your child can handle a full sized left handed guitar.
If you require a smaller guitar for your even younger child – check out our article 1/2 Sized Left Handed Guitars