Lefty Guitars For Kids – 3/4 Sized Models

Neal September 20, 2014 8

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.

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Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Acoustic Guitars

  1. Washburn Oscar Schmidt OG1 Natural – link link2
  2. Washburn Oscar Schmidt OG1 Black – link
  3. Washburn Oscar Schmidt OG1 Cutaway Natural – link
  4. Stagg SW201 Blueburst – link
  5. Stagg SW201 Pink – link
  6. Stagg SW201 Black – link
  7. Stagg SW201 Natural – link
  8. Johnson JG-TR2 Natural – link
  9. Daisy Rock Wildwood Pink – link
  10. Taylor BT-1 Baby Taylor – link
  11. Taylor BT-2 Baby Taylor – link
  12. Taylor Swift Baby Taylor – link
  13. Taylor GS Mini – link
  14. Martin LX1 Little Martin – link

Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Bass Guitars

  1. Washburn Oscar Schmidt OB25 Black – link
  2. Ibanez GSRM20L Mikro Black – link
  3. Brice HXB 5-String – link
  4. Douglas Violin Bass – link

Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Classical Guitars

  1. Guitar Works Classical Package – link
  2. Valencia Classical Package – link
  3. Ortega Classical Guitar – link link2
  4. Ortega Elecro-Acoustic Classical – link

Popular ¾ Sized Left Handed Electric Guitars

  1. SX RST Red Package – link
  2. SX RST Sunburst Package – link
  3. SX RST Purple Package – link
  4. SX RST Black Package – link
  5. SX RST White Package – link
  6. SX RST Pink Package – link
  7. SX Furrian Sunburst – link
  8. Axl Headliner Black – link
  9. Axl Headliner Blue – link
  10. Axl Badwater SRO – link
  11. Stagg S300 Black – link
  12. Stagg S300 Natural – link
  13. Ibanez GRGM21L Mikro – link
  14. 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

8 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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