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.
Acoustic, Electric, Classical or Bass?
A common misconception is that new guitarists should start out on an acoustic before advancing on to electric. Or a nylon string classical before steel string acoustic. I’ve even heard people asking if they need to learn guitar and then move on to bass. This is all nonsense – buy whatever the new guitarist wants to ultimately play.
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.
Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Acoustic Guitars
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 as well as a cutaway option with EQ and built in tuner – pick your favorite and don’t look back!
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 four fantastic different finish options.
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.
4. Taylor Guitars
If you’re super serious about guitar, one of these is what you’re after. These are all fantastic quality 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 is a guitar that will last you for life.
5. Martin LX1E
Alongside Taylor, Martin is the biggest name in acoustics, so these two are another great choice for players looking for that little extra bit of quality craftsmanship. The LX-1E Little Martin is comparable in size and sound to the Taylor BT-1 Baby listed above and comes with built in electronics and tuner.
Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Bass 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.
2. SX Ursa
The SX Ursa will 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!
3. Oscar Schmidt OB25
Oscar Schmidt really have us covered when it comes to smaller guitars! The OB25 is modelled after the famous Fender Precision bass and packs a lot of guitar into such a modestly priced package. Oscar Schmidt is manufactured by Washburn Guitars, so you can be assured of a quality instrument.
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.
Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Classical Guitars
1. GuitarWorks Classical
For those after a solid classical option, I highly recommend this little stunner from our good friends over at GuitarWorks. 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!
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.
Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Electric Guitars
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!
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.
3. SX Hawk
The Hawks are essentially the same as the SX RSTs listed above, with a maple rather than rosewood fretboard.
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!
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.
5. Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro
For those into rock and metal, this humbucker equipped Ibanez Mikro is definitely the choice for you! Based on the celebrated Ibanez RG body style, this is one seriously fast axe! Left handed models tend to be popular and sell out very quickly as these are really the only 3/4 sized lefty electrics from one of the very big name brands. Snap one up if you get the chance!
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.