Lefty Guitars For Kids – 3/4 Sized Models

Neal October 1, 2014 9

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.

If you’re looking for something even smaller, take a look back at my half size left handed guitars article.

Left Handed Guitars For Children

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.

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Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Acoustic Guitars

Oscar Schmidt OG1 Left Handed Acoustic GuitarOscar Schmidt OG1
Classic, natural acoustic with gloss finish.
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Oscar Schmidt OG1 Black Left Handed Acoustic GuitarOscar Schmidt OG1
Quality acoustic with black gloss finish.
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Oscar Schmidt OG1CE Left Handed Guitar NaturalOscar Schmidt OG1CE
Same as the OG1, but with a handy cutaway..
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Stagg SW201 Blueburst Left Handed Acoustic GuitarStagg SW201 Blue
3/4 sized dreadnought in blueburst finish.
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Stagg SW201 Pink Left Handed Acoustic GuitarStagg SW201 Pink
3/4 sized dreadnought with pink finish.
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Stagg SW201 Black Left Handed Acoustic GuitarStagg SW201 Black
3/4 sized dreadnought with black finish.
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Stagg SW201 Natural Left Handed Acoustic GuitarStagg SW201 Natural
3/4 sized dreadnought with natural finish.
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Johnson JG-TR2 Left Handed Travel GuitarJohnson JG-TR2
Small-scale design with full-scale sound.
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DaisyRock Wildwood Pink Left Handed Acoustic GuitarDaisyRock Wildwood
Specifically for younger girls with smaller frames.
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Taylor BT-1 Baby Left Handed Acoustic GuitarTaylor BT-1 Baby
Taylor quality in a miniature package.
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Taylor BT-2 Baby Left Handed Acoustic GuitarTaylor BT-2 Baby
Taylor quality in a miniature package.
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Taylor Swift Baby Taylor Left Handed Acoustic GuitarTaylor Swift Baby
Taylor quality in a miniature package.
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Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Left Handed Acoustic GuitarTaylor GS Mini
Mini Taylor GS mahogany. Highly recommended!
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Taylor GS Mini Sapele Left Handed Acoustic GuitarTaylor GS Mini
Mini Taylor GS in sapele. Highly recommended!
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Martin LX1 Left Handed Acoustic GuitarMartin LX1
Mini Martin, also available with electronics.
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The electrics, basses and classicals listed below are all very similar in terms of quality. However, with the acoustics I would absolutely recommend going for one of the Taylors if budget permits. 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.

Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Bass Guitars

Ibanez GSRM20L Mikro Black Left Handed Bass GuitarIbanez GSRM20L
Ibanez quality in a miniature package.
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Brice HXB-5 5 String Left Handed Bass GuitarBrice HXB-5
A good option with 5 strings.
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Douglas Violin Bass Left HandedDouglas Violin Bass
Semi-hollow violin style bass.
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Smaller bass guitars are a lot harder to find, mainly because the shorter scale length means that a lot of the deep, bassy quality of notes is lost. Even right handed models are tricky to come by!  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.

Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Classical Guitars

GuitarWorks Left Handed Classical Guitar PackageGuitarWorks Package
Package includes strap and gigbag.
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Valencia Left Handed Classical Guitar PackageValencia Package
Includes gigbag and instructional DVD.
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Ortega R221L Left Handed Classical GuitarOrtega R221L
Includes high quality gigbag.
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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

SX RST Left Handed Guitar Package BlueSX RST Blue Pack
Includes amp, DVD, gigbag, case and cable.
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SX RST Left Handed Guitar Package RedSX RST Red Pack
Includes amp, DVD, gigbag, case and cable.
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SX RST Left Handed Guitar Package SunburstSX RST Burst Pack
Includes amp, DVD, gigbag, case and cable.
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SX RST Left Handed Guitar Package PurpleSX RST Purple Pack
Includes amp, DVD, gigbag, case and cable.
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SX RST Left Handed Guitar Package BlackSX RST Black Pack
Includes amp, DVD, gigbag, case and cable.
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SX RST Left Handed Guitar Package WhiteSX RST White Pack
Includes amp, DVD, gigbag, case and cable.
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SX RST Pink PackSX RST Pink Pack
Includes amp, DVD, gigbag, case and cable.
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SX Furrian Red PackSX Furrian Red Pack
Tele style pack includes gigbag and DVD.
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SX Furrian Burst PackSX Furrian Burst Pack
Tele style pack includes gigbag and DVD.
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Axl Headliner BlackAxl Headliner Black
Stratocaster style guitar in black.
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Axl Headliner Blue Axl Headliner Blue
Quality Strat style guitar in blue.
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Axl Badwater SRO LEft Handed GuitarAxl Badwater SRO
Strat style with unique distressed finish.
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Hawk Purple Left Handed Guitar PackHawk Purple Pack
Strat style pack includes gigbag and DVD.
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Hawk Red Left Handed Guitar PackageHawk Red Pack
Strat style pack includes gigbag and DVD.
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Stagg S300 Black Left Handed GuitarStagg S300 Black
Quality Stratocaster style guitar in black.
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Stagg S300 Sunburst Left Handed GuitarStagg S300 Burst
Strat syle guitar with sunbust finish.
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Ibanez GRGM21L Mikro Left Handed GuitarIbanez GRGM21L Mikro
Get the superb quality of an RG.
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JayTurser JT30 Black Left Handed GuitarJayTurser JT30
Stratocaster style guitar in black.
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Any of those should make a fantastic first 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.

If you require a smaller guitar for your even younger child – check out our article 1/2 Sized Left Handed Guitars

9 Comments »

  1. Alex van Dorsselaer June 28, 2011 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to write about not just left handers but also kids. My son Adam is a super keen budding guitarist (7 yrs old) but we are struggling to get him a real left handed electric. It looks as though I’ll have to get him one from the USA as Australia has virtually no options for lefty kids – think I’ll go with the Ibanez Mikro. I’m right handed but have two left handed guitarists as sons (who incidentally are right handed at everything else!!).

    Cheers,
    Alex.

    • Neal June 28, 2011 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Hi Alex. PK’s music in Perth has a 3/4 sized Axl in stock, http://www.pksmusic.com.au/showProduct/Guitars/Electric+Guitars/AXL+Jnr/AXL+3+4+Electric+Guitar

      I know things in Australia are a little tougher. When I was there doing some travelling I had to make do with a 3/4 sized righty acoustic which I strung upside down. Wasn’t great, but it kept me going :) Luckily you’ve got PKs over in Perth, so it’s not all bad!

  2. Alex July 10, 2011 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Hi Neal,
    What a coincidence! After I posted my note I got onto an Ibanez distributor who couldn’t help me out with a lefty Mikro but did recommend PK’s. I followed up and was able to order exactly the guitar you refer to. Fingers crossed the AXL is ok – have done a little research on them and it sounds as though they are quite a solid beginner to intermediate guitar. Thank you for taking the time to reply and pass on the information – Adam is very excited about getting his first real guitar!

    • Neal July 15, 2011 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Excellent, hope he likes the Axl! The problem with the Mikro is that they’re very hard to find outside of the States.

  3. Jack October 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I purchased a Taylor GS mini Left handed after using a Yamaha fg110 restrung left for the past 20yrs. Believe me,there is a big difference in the playing. If price is not to much of a problem ,dont restring,go left for a lefty it will be a lot easier on the fingers.

    • Neal October 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      The GS Mini is a SUPERB guitar, definitely the best acoustic on this list. Great choice!

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