Are you looking for a ¾ sized left handed guitar for a child? Or perhaps you just need something a little smaller to throw in the trunk when travelling. This article is for you my friend! Although we aren’t overwhelmed with choice, there are some fantastic little guitars out there.
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.
1. Oscar Schmidt OG1
Due to its low price, the OG1 is probably the most popular acoustic on this list. The Oscar Schmidt brand is actually produced by Washburn, so you’re assured of a good quality instrument. Available in three different colors – pick your favorite and don’t look back!
Check it out here – Natural or Black or Sunburst
2. Stagg SW201
The Stagg SW201 is another popular choice for guitarists on a smaller budget. They are very comparable to the Oscar Schmidts above, and will run you roughly the same price. Also available in three fantastic different finish options.
Check it out here – Natural or Black or Blueburst
3. Daisy Rock Guitars
As you can probably guess from the color choices, Daisy Rock guitars are designed specifically for girls! Their smaller size and famous ‘slim and narrow’ neck design makes them ideal for younger players, or just for people with smaller hands.
Check it out here – Wildwood or Pixie Pink or Pixie Pink Sparkle or Pixie Plum Purple
4. Taylor Guitars
If you’re super serious about guitar, one of these is what you’re after. These are all professional quality guitars, with the GS Mini in particular being exceptional. I personally keep a GS Mini in my own collection, and it is one of my absolute favorite guitars. A GS Mini or Baby Taylor will potentially last a lifetime, so is a great investment.
Check it out here – GS Mini Sapele or GS Mini Mahogany or BT-1 or BT-2
5. Martin Guitars
1. Ibanez GSRM20L Mikro
It’s unfortunately fairly slim pickings when it comes to smaller basses – even for right handed players! Luckily Ibanez has hooked us up with this fabulous little gem. Affordable, quality materials, and that famous name on the headstock – what’s not to love? Definitely your best option for a small lefty bass.
Check it out here – GSRM20L Mikro
2. SX Ursa
The SX Ursa may appeal to those of you who prefer a more traditional bass design, or those on a very tight budget. It comes with an amp, strap and gigbag – all you need to get started!
Check it out here – SX Ursa Purple or SX Ursa Black
Smaller bass guitars are a lot harder to find than 6-string guitars. Any of the guitars listed above will make a great tool for younger players, but if you decide to opt for something a little bigger, definitely check out my article on the best beginner left handed bass guitars for a much larger choice.
1. Omega Classical
At a mere $50, the Omega is absolutely ridiculous value for money – and you even get a gigbag! How do they do it?
Check it out here – Omega Classical
2. GuitarWorks Classical
Those after something of a little higher quality will appreciate the GuitarWorks classical package. The store will carry out a 20 point set-up and adjustment process on your guitar to ensure that it plays absolutely perfectly. If you’ve been playing guitar for a while, you’ll know that a good set-up will make a massive difference to the guitar’s playability. Great value!
Check it out here – GuitarWorks Classical
Again, smaller sized left handed classical guitars are tricky to come by. The guitars listed above are some great examples which you can pick up today, but if you are willing to wait a little longer you have the option of special ordering a guitar from brands such as Alhambra or Contreras.
For a larger selection of options you might like to take a look at the Newbie Guide, which lists some great full-sized classical options.
1. SX RST Package
With 7 fantastic colors to choose from, we’re really spoiled for choice with the SX RST! Comes with amp, gigbag, strap, cable, picks, lessons – everything you need in one tidy bundle. At just $115, I don’t know how they do it!
Check it out here – Pink or Black or Purple or Sunburst or Red or Blue or White
2. Axl Guitars
Stand out from the crowd with the Badwater SRO and its crazy antiqued finish, or stick with the more traditional design of the Headliner SRO.
Check it out here – Badwater or Headliner Black or Headliner Blue
3. SX Hawk
4. Daisy Rock Guitars
Daisy Rock is a brand which aims their guitars at female players. The smaller size and thin, narrow neck design makes them ideal for smaller hands and frames. You won’t struggle to stand out from the crowd with one of these colorful designs!
Check it out here – Rock Candy Pink or Rock Candy Silver or Elite Violet or Rebel Rockit or Peppermint
4. Stagg S300
Another solid choice for those looking for a Stratocaster style instrument. Quality features such as an alder body and hard rock maple neck ensure a great playing experience.
Check it out here – Stagg S300
Any of those should make a fantastic smaller guitar. Some of the models I listed are not strictly ¾ sized – some are simply shorter scale-length guitars, which more or less 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.