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 kids left handed guitar choices guitars out there.
Kids Left Handed Guitar Buyer Guide
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.
As a general rule of thumb, 3/4 size guitars are the correct size for kids around 7 and older, or from roughly 4’5″ and over.
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 of kids left handed guitar options. 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
On a budget you have two solid choices when it comes to small lefty acoustics – the Oscar Schmidt OG1, or the Stagg SW-201 shown below. The Oscar Schmidt brand is actually produced by Washburn Guitars, so you can be assured of getting a good quality instrument. Depending on stock, it’s available in two different colors, as well as in a cutaway option with EQ and built in tuner – pick your favorite and don’t look back!
Main features include a select spruce top, catalpa back and sides, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and a fully adjustable truss-rod. What’s not to like? It’s even backed up by a lifetime warranty!
There isn’t a ton of difference between these and the SW-201s below, but if I had to choose, the OG-1 edges it slightly for me. Finishing touches such as the bound fingerboard, shaped rosewood bridge, and the option of a cutaway and electronics makes the OG-1 my top choice on a budget.
2. Stagg SW201
Along with the OG1 above, the SW-201 is another popular choice for guitarists on a smaller budget. Main features on the Stagg include a basswood top, basswood back and sides, nato neck with a stained black maple neck, and a black pickguard. The main selling point that might make you opt for one of these over the Oscar Schmidt is the fantastic range of colors that they’re available in.
3. Taylor GS Mini and Baby Taylors
If you’re super serious about guitar, one of these is what you’re after. Taylor is one of the biggest names in acoustic guitars, and the GS Mini is absolutely one of the most popular acoustics available today worldwide.
The GS Mini is an exceptional guitar – I personally keep one in my own collection, and it is one of my absolute favorite guitars. This is a guitar for life, so is a solid investment. It is the only acoustic on this list (besides the other two Taylors) which features the highly sought after solid wood top, rather than cheaper laminate options. It even comes with a ridiculously high quality Taylor soft-case.
Seriously – if you have around $500 to spend on a small acoustic, grab one of these and thank me later! The only choice you have to make is – Spruce or Mahogany? Check out this video for a comparison between the two.
If you can’t stretch to $500, the BT-1 and BT-2 Baby Taylors are also fantastic choices for a little less cash.
4. Martin LX1 Little Martins
Alongside Taylor, Martin is the other big player in the acoustic world. The LX1 is essentially Martin’s version of the Baby Taylors above. Brand new for 2016 is the special black edition which features a sleek all-black finish and an exotic looking black birch laminate neck. Also brand new for 2016 is the LXK2 Little Martin which features beautiful Koa top, back and sides with a light birch laminate neck.
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 quality, small sized lefty bass.
Main features include a mahogany body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard and a comfortable 28.6″ scale length. At this price, it’s a lot of bass for the money!
2. 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.
Main features include a solid wood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and a lifetime warranty.
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. It even comes with a strap and gig-bag. Great value!
Here’s a great video from Guitarworks themselves in which they talk about the guitars, and explain exactly why the 20 point set-up will make such a huge difference to you.
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. For such little money, I don’t know how they do it!
Main features include an alder body (basswood on some colors), maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, adjustable truss-rod and a vintage bridge with 6 saddles. The included amp is a 10 watt SX model with 5.5 inch speaker and headphone jack for quiet practice. A versatile, all-rounder of a package.
2. Sawtooth Rise Package
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For those looking to rock out that little bit harder, this fantastic pack from Sawtooth is going to be your most affordable option. This value packed kit includes a straightforward humbucker equipped guitar (available in either black or sunburst), practice amp, gigbag, strap, plectrums and a tuner – everything you’ll need to get started!
The guitar is comprised of a basswood body with maple neck and fretboard. It includes a single humbucker in the bridge position for thick, rock-god god style sounds. If you’re wondering why the guitar only has one pickup, it’s because most rock-gods are only going to need that bridge humbucker!
3. 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. Thanks to its bridge humbucker, the Badwater will give a more aggressive, thick tone, making it the slightly better choice for rock and metal fans.
4. SX Gypsy Rose
Sometimes the ladies (or gents!) just have to have their pink or purple guitar, so why not check out the Gypsy Rose series from SX which is aimed squarely at the girls. I need to point out that these are actually 7/8 scale guitars, so are a tiny bit bigger than the other models on this page. Each guitar comes bundled with a matching gigbag, strap and even a DVD featuring basic lessons. Choose the Strat for a versatile all-rounder, or the Les Paul style model for thicker, more aggressive sounds.
5. 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.
6. Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro
For those into rock and metal, this humbucker equipped Ibanez Mikro is definitely the highest quality 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!
Main features include a baswood body, maple neck and fretboard, sharkfin inlays, two powerful humbuckers and a sleek, black scratchplate. These are the real deal.
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 kids left handed guitar 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.
Younger Kids Left Handed Guitar Choices
If the guitar you’ve selected doesn’t come with an amp, you might like to check out our beginner guitar amp guide, for a great selection of affordable amplifiers.