Lefty Guitars For Kids – 1/2 Sized Models

Neal Beedie December 21, 2013 8

One request I receive fairly regularly is from parents asking for a suggestion for a smaller left handed guitar for their child to begin learning on.  This guide will be split into two parts – this first article will discuss ½ sized options and the second article will look at ¾ sized options.

In general there is a much larger selection of smaller lefty acoustic guitars than there are left handed electric guitars.  An in-depth look at why this is the case can be found in my article on left handed guitars and the production line.  As a result this means that you may struggle to find a quality smaller body electric, especially if you are outside of the U.S.A and Canada.

So let’s take a look at a couple of methods which will help you unearth what you require.

Buying New

If you want to buy new then I would suggest Google Shopping to be your first port of call, as this will give you some options from a wide variety of stores.  To do this go to your country’s Google homepage and enter these search terms – “left handed ½ guitar”.  On the results page you will see a link for “Shopping” along the top bar – click that to display what Google has found for you.

Some of these won’t be ½ sized guitars as other guitars and products with similar keywords will get mixed into the results.  For example you may get some guitars with a 25 ½ inch scale length thrown in.  To overcome this you can sort the results by price or play around with your search terms until you find a happy medium.

Buying Used

Being from the UK I am not familiar with the likes of Craigslist or any other American based auction-style websites, so for the purpose of this example I will use eBay.  Of course, not all guitars on eBay are used and as such it can be a great alternative source of new guitars.

Head over to your country’s eBay, find the guitar section and enter these search terms into the search box at the top without quotes – “(left,lefty,lh/l/h,southpaw) ½”. Be careful to enter these terms in the general ‘guitar’ section and not the ‘left handed’ section as many sellers will list in different categories. If you’ve read my eBay Guide you will understand exactly how to make the most of the results.

Here are a few stand-out guitars that I found during a quick search.

½ Sized Left Handed Acoustic Guitars

Left Handed Half Size Acoustic Guitars

Washburn Oscar Schmidt OGHS/B – ½ and ¾ sizes available – link
Aranjuez A4-Z Classical - ¼, 
½ and ¾ sizes available – link
Ortega R121L-1/2 Classical
- link
Ortega R122L-1/2 Classical
link

½ Sized Left Handed Electric Guitars

Axl Headliner – ½ and ¾ size available – link
SX RST 1/2link

Left Handed Half Size electric Guitars

Slim pickings i’m sure you will agree but obviously results will differ from country to country.

I wouldn’t concern yourself too much with quality as it just isn’t a big issue with ½ sized guitars.  These guitars are cheap and designed to give the kids an easy introduction to playing guitar but will be quickly outgrown and discarded in favour of larger, better sounding/playing guitars.  The guitars I listed above are what I chose as the better options, but you may find that the $30 pink guitar on eBay will do the job just fine! Of course there’s always the option of restringing a right handed guitar upside down.  I know I didn’t recommend this route in my earlier post on restringing upside-down but at this introductory phase of guitar it wouldn’t be a complete disaster!

Of course, depending on where you live you may not be able to find any guitars at all.  After all, the ½ sized market is incredibly niche already and it can be hard even finding a right handed guitar in this size bracket.  If you want an electric you are almost certainly going to have to look at larger guitars.

So if you can’t find what you need you may want to consider moving up to a ¾ sized guitar as these are much more readily available and are generally no more expensive than their ½ sized counterparts.  A ¾ sized guitar may be slightly more of a handful for younger kids but it will make the transition to full size guitars that much easier later on.  Take a look at this video of some children playing guitars which are bigger than they are!  After watching that a 3/4 sized model might not seem too big after all…

Check out the 3/4 Sized Left Handed Guitars Guide as well!

8 Comments »

  1. Leonard Justice September 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Hello guys, this is Leonard. I emailed you about a 1/2 sized guitar for my son last week, I've been keeping reading the site so it was nice to see this guide appear. We ended up buying the Washburn that you suggested here and my son couldn't be happier, it seems to be a really great guitar and fits him perfectly.

    I will keep an eye out for your 3/4 sized guide so that we know what to upgrade to later on. Keep up the good work!

    All the best and thanks again for your advice.
    Leonard and Sam

    • LeftyFretz September 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      No problem at all Leonard. Washburn make solid guitars so I assumed they would be a safe bet versus the other limited 1/2 sized models available. Best of luck to the litte man.

  2. Richard A. December 16, 2010 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Hello! Awesome website for a parent who has a lefty aspiring 6 year old musician… thank you! In your post you mentioned the Yamaha CGS102 classical as good left handed guitar. For some reason I cannot find a left handed model in any of the stores here in the US, websites or on even on the Yamaha website. Am I looking in the wrong places? Is this a model that could be easily converted into a lefty by simply flipping the strings?

    Thanks again for the advice!
    Richard

    • Neal December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Hi Richard. I just had a quick look and I couldn't find one either, so I assumme they’ve been discontinued. Either way, classical guitars are visually symmetrical in design and should make great candidates for switching over to lefty. They WOULD be braced internally for a right handed string setup, but since it is a guitar that will likely be used for a short period before upgrading I don't see this ever becoming a problem in your situation.

      Alternatively you could consider a 3/4 Sized model where you will have much more choice of instruments – the size difference isn't as noticeable as you would think. http://instruments.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=(lef… At the end of the day it is a guitar that will be used for a short period of time and honestly anything you can find within budget should serve its purpose. Trying to find an amazing 1/2 sized lefty (or even righty!) guitar would drive anyone insane… Best of luck :)

  3. PK November 18, 2011 at 2:53 am - Reply

    My son is turning 5 this week. He really wants a electric guitar. He’s left handed. I play guitar moderately and grew up learning youshould start on an acoustic but he really has no desire for one. I am not sure what to do with his desire for electric. Any thoughts would be helpful. Also recommendations on a guitar is helpful.

    Thx

    • Neal November 18, 2011 at 10:04 am - Reply

      See this article on 3/4 sized guitars where there is a much larger selection of left handed electrics http://leftyfretz.com/lefty-guitars-smaller-hands-kids-left-handed/

      You didn’t mention where you live, but eBay is probably a good place to look for most countries. If you’re in the States take a look at Rondo’s selection http://www.rondomusic.com/electricguitarleft.html

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