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 left handed guitars for children out there.
Need a right handed guitar? Click here for our guide specifically for righties! You have a few extra choices not available to us southpaws, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
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.
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.
What Are The Best Left Handed Guitars For Children?
|Oscar Schmidt OG-1 3/4 Size Left Handed Acoustic||SX RST 3/4 Size Electric Guitar Package LH||Ibanez GSRM20L Left Handed Mikro Bass|
|Hola 3/4 Size LH Acoustic Pack||Squier Mini Stratocaster Left Handed||EDM Mini Bass Left-Handed|
We’ll take a closer look at these guitars below, but first there are a few things you’ll need to consider…
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.
Any of these 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 style guitar, as opposed to a Strat or Tele which both have the longer scale length.
Let’s dive right in and take a look at a few good examples of kids left handed guitar options. We’ve added sections for acoustics, classicals, electrics and bass separately, so make sure to scroll down to the area relevant to you. Links are provided for each guitar so that you can see their current pricing.
Best 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 Hola pack shown below. These are both absolutely perfect for kids, or for use as a compact travel guitar.. The Oscar Schmidt brand is actually produced by Washburn Guitars, so you can be assured of getting a good quality instrument.
Main features include a select spruce top, catalpa back and sides, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and a fully adjustable truss-rod. Abalone accents and a bound fretboard give the guitar the appearance of a much more expensive instrument. What’s not to like? It’s even backed up by a lifetime warranty! The only decision you have to make is natural or black?
Actually, you could make one more choice. For a little extra cash, the Oscar Schmidt OG1CELH adds a handy cutaway for improved upper fret access as well as electronics which will allow you to amplify the guitar. I have linked to all of these guitars in the link above.
At the end of the day, there really isn’t a ton of difference between this and the SW-201s above. You can’t go wrong with either, so pick one and don’t look back.
If there is currently no stock of these guitars, don’t be afraid to grab one of the right handed models to string upside down. Click here to check out the right handed OG1s. The guitars are symmetrical so it won’t make a massive difference stringing upside down, plus you’ll have a few extra color choices!
2. Hola 3/4 Size Left Handed Guitar Pack
The 3/4 sized Hola package above comes with absolutely everything needed to get started – guitar, gig bag, strap and picks. It even comes with quality D’Addario EXP coated strings so you know you’re getting off to the best possible start!
Main features of the guitar include a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard – a classic combination of tonewoods!
Check out the glowing reviews by clicking the link above!
3. Martin LX1R Little Martin
If you’ve a little bit of extra cash to splash, then one of these is what you’re after. Martin is one of the biggest names in acoustic guitars, and the Little Martin is absolutely one of the most popular acoustics available today worldwide.
The LX1R is the latest incarnation of the Little Martin and features a solid sitka spruce top for a warm and resonant sound, and gorgeous rosewood pattern HPL back and sides. The neck is made from rust birch laminate and is coupled with a richlite fingerboard. All of the tone woods used in the LX1R are sustainably sourced.
It also comes with a high quality Martin branded gigbag.
4. Taylor GS Mini
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 Martin above) which features the highly sought after solid wood top, rather than cheaper laminate options.
Various models available, but the mahogany version shown above is the most affordable of the bunch. It doesn’t feature electronics, but you can add Taylor’s plug and play ES-Go pickup later on if you wish.
Main features include a solid tropical mahogany top, beautiful sapele back and sides, sapele neck and ebony fingerboard. There is also a special all-koa version which you can check out at the link above. It also comes with a ridiculously high quality Taylor soft-case.
Check out the fabulous review video below where you can hear the GS Mini in action!
It is available with and without electronics (see link above), but Taylor also provides a pickup system which you can add later on if you decide to see how you get on.
Best 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. EDM-BG Mini Bass
If the Ibanez above is a little over budget, then the EDM-BG is a much more affordable option at around 1/3 of the price. It comes in a lovely blue finish, features a single pickup for simplicity, and is unbranded to help keep costs down. A nice option for budding lefty bassists!
Smaller bass guitars are a lot harder to find than 6-string guitars. Any of the guitars listed above will make a great first instrument 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.
Best ¾ Sized Left Handed Classical Guitars
1. Omega Classical
For those looking for the most affordable option, the Omega is going to be hard to beat. At well under $100 you’re really going to struggle to find a decent kids left handed guitar at a lower price point! It even comes with a gig-bag! You may also be able to find it in pink very occasionally. Check the links above to see what is currently available.
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.
Best ¾ Sized Left Handed Electric Guitars
1. SX RST Package
With plenty of 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.
Hit the link above to see what colors are currently available.
2. Squier Mini Strat
It finally happened! Squier has been going to town improving their left handed line up over the last few years, and their most recent release is this little beauty! Finally we can get ourselves a Fender designed mini strat!
This little gem has all the features you’d expect from a strat style guitar, minus one tone pot and a tremolo bridge. Main features include a lightweight poplar body, maple neck with laurel fretboard, 22.75″ scale length and a classy gloss black finish. Check it out at the link above!
3. Sawtooth Rise Package
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!
4. LyxPro Phoenix Package
This new package from LyxPro is a similar offering to the Sawtooth kit above, including absolutely everything you’ll need to get started. Perfect for little rockers! The package includes the guitar, 20 watt amp, gigbag, spare strings, picks, cable, tuner and strap.
5. Ibanez GRGM21L 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!
Main features include a baswood body, maple neck and fretboard, sharkfin inlays, two powerful humbuckers and a sleek, black scratchplate.
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.
I get asked about right handed options often, so I’ve put together a guide specifically for righties which you can check out here.
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. Additionally, our guide to beginner accessories will clue you in on a few must-have gadgets and gizmos that you may also like to pick up.