Are you looking for a 3/4 size left handed guitar for a child? Or perhaps you just need something a little smaller to throw in the trunk when travelling?
Although we aren’t exactly overwhelmed with choice, there are some fantastic kids left handed guitar choices out there.
In this article I’ll explain what you should be looking for when considering a 3/4 left handed guitar. I’ll then list some great options broken down into electrics, acoustics, classicals, and basses.
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 taller. Adults with smaller hands or limited dexterity may also find great benefit in opting for a 3/4 left handed guitar.
What Is The Best 3/4 Size Left Handed Guitar?
Compared to half-sized models, 3/4 sized guitars will open up a much wider assortment of lefty 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 of kids left handed guitars.
I’ve added sections for acoustics, classicals, electrics and bass separately. Use one of the links below to skip to the section that is relevant to you.
Best Left Handed 3/4 Acoustic Guitar
1. Hola! HG-36FT
Budget Left Handed 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
The Hola 3/4 left handed guitar package above comes with absolutely everything needed to get started – a guitar, a gig bag, a strap and a selection of 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 for a warm tone! The guitar also comes with a separate pickguard which you can stick on to protect the wood from over zealous strumming.
2. Winzz Hand-Rubbed Series
A Colorful Left Handed Acoustic Guitar For Kids
On a budget you have three solid options when it comes to kids left handed acoustic guitar choices – Thin Winzz package shown above, or the Oscar Schmidt OG1, or the Hola pack shown below.
This Winzz 3/4 size left handed guitar package is a new addition to this list, and comes with everything you need to get started. The kit includes a quality gig bag, tuner, metronome, picks, strap, some beginner lessons, a polishing cloth, and even a wall hanger.
It is the most affordable option here, but also the most complete! The only slight downside is that it only comes in green, so fingers crossed that it’s a color you can get along with – I think it looks great! It also comes with a wall hanger rather than a guitar stand, so you might also want to grab a stand if you’re not confident with a drill.
This would be my choice if you are on a tight budget and don’t want to spend time shopping around for accessories separately.
Sold? Check it out at the link above where you can read 70+ glowing owner reviews.
3. Oscar Schmidt OG1
Most Popular Left Handed 3/4 Acoustic Guitar
This left handed 3/4 acoustic guitar is absolutely perfect for kids, or for use as a compact travel guitar. The Oscar Schmidt brand is actually produced by the well respected Washburn brand, 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!
4. Martin LX1RE Little Martin
Best Premium Choice
If you’ve a little bit of extra cash to splash, then one of these could be what you’re after. Martin is one of the biggest names in acoustic guitars, and the Little Martin left handed 3/4 acoustic guitar is absolutely one of the most popular instruments available today, worldwide.
The LX1RE 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 LX1RE are sustainably sourced.
It’s the perfect size for little fingers, and bigger fingers should get along fine with it as well – Ed Sheeran famously played a Little Martin! Plus, if your child decides that guitar isn’t for them, it’s an excellent guitar for yourself!
It also comes with a high quality Martin branded gigbag.
5. Taylor GS Mini Left Handed
Most Popular Choice
The Taylor GS Mini 3/4 size left handed guitar is an exceptional instrument – I personally keep one in my own collection, and it is one of my absolute favorite acoustics. 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 are 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. It also comes with a ridiculously high quality Taylor soft-case.
It’s the priciest left handed 3/4 size acoustic in this list, but absolutely worth it if budget allows.
Best 3/4 Size Left Handed Classical Guitars
1. Pyle Classical Left Handed Childrens Guitar
Best Budget Package
For those looking for the most affordable 3/4 left handed classical guitar, the Pyle Classical Package is going to be hard to beat. You will definitely struggle to find anything cheaper than this that couldn’t be considered a toy.
The Pyle is even better value for money when you consider that it comes as part of a package that includes everything you will need to get started with classical guitar. Aside from the guitar, you will also receive a gig bag, a headstock tuner, a guitar strap, plectrums, a set of spare strings, and even some online lessons.
With its low price and traditional looks, this will make a perfect first classical guitar for younger players, or even for those with smaller hands.
2. Moukey Cutaway Package
Budget Package With Cutaway
I mentioned above that the Pyle was the cheapest 3/4 sized left handed classical guitar. Well, for more or less the same money, there is actually another option available in the Moukey Cutaway package.
Like the Pyle, the Moukey is bundled with everything you’ll need to get started with guitar, and even throws in a capo as well. The main difference here is the cutaway, which offers improved access to the upper frets, plus a slightly different visual aesthetic.
Guitars with cutaways tend to have a slightly lower volume since part of the instrument has been removed – but will you notice this as a new player? Probably not!
So, if you’re trying to decide between the Pyle and Moukey I would opt for whichever looks the best to you. Of course, if you think you’ll be playing higher up on the fretboard often, then the Moukey is probably the better option.
3. Ortega R121L
Best Premium Choice
If your budget stretches a little beyond the two options shown above then a good quality choice would be the Ortega R121L classical. This model offers a good step-up in terms of construction and playability.
The main features include the classic mahogany body and spruce top combination for a balanced and versatile sound, a smooth mahogany neck, plus a walnut fretboard and bridge – all good stuff!
Other premium appointments are a 12-hole bridge for improved sound quality and easier restringing, gorgeous maple binding, and a 2-way truss rod.
Aside from the additional expense, the only real downside is that there are no bundled accessories with the Ortega. Although you do get a super high-quality padded gig bag with the guitar.
For a larger selection of options you might like to take a look at the Newbie Guide, which lists some great full-sized classical guitar options.
Best 3/4 Size Left Handed Electric Guitar
1. Rise by Sawtooth Package
Best Budget Left Handed 3/4 Guitar
For those looking to rock out that little bit harder, this fantastic 3/4 left handed guitar 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), a practice amp, a gigbag, a 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 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!
It will also be able to produce some nice clean tones, they’ll just be a little thicker and warmer than those found on single coil pickup guitars. If you tend to favor cleaner sounds overall then the next guitar in the list may be a better fit for you.
2. LyxPro Phoenix Package
Best All-Inclusive Package
These new 3/4 size left handed guitar packages from LyxPro are a similar offering to the Sawtooth kit above, including absolutely everything you’ll need to get started. Perfect for little rockers!
It is available either as a single humbucker equipped model for a thicker tone, or as a more traditional triple single-coil guitar setup for added versatility. Pick the humbucker model if you want to play heavier styles of rock or metal, or the single-coil model for pretty much everything else.
The se 3/4 left handed guitar packages include the guitar, a 20-watt amp, a gigbag, spare strings, picks, a cable, a tuner and a guitar strap. A nice plus here is that that kit includes a digital headstock tuner, which is going to be way easier to use than the pitch pipes supplied with the Sawtooth above.
For just a little extra money compared to the Sawtooth package, either one of these two bundles will make for an ideal introduction to guitar for children, or even for those of you with smaller hands.
3. Squier Mini Strat Left Handed
Best 3/4 Left Handed Electric Guitar
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 Stratocaster!
This little gem has all the features you’d expect from a strat-style guitar, minus one tone pot and a tremolo bridge. The main features include a lightweight poplar body, a maple neck with laurel fretboard, a shorter 22.75″ scale length, and a classy gloss black finish.
Three single-coil pickups and a classic 5-way selector switch ensure that the huge variety of sounds you’d expect from a Stratocaster are easily available. Plus, the removal of the tremolo bridge system in favor of a fixed bridge means that tuning will be rock solid.
If you’d prefer to put together your own kit and want that famous name on the headstock, this is an excellent starter lefty electric guitar for sure. Check it out at the link above!
4. Ibanez GRGM21L Mikro
Best For Rock and Metal
For those into rock and metal who also want a quality, well known brand name on the headstock, this humbucker equipped Ibanez Mikro is definitely the kids left handed guitar for you! Based on the iconic Ibanez RG body style, this is one seriously fast axe!
Main features include a baswood body, a maple neck and jatoba fretboard, sharkfin inlays, two powerful humbuckers and a sleek, and a black scratchplate. Unlike it’s bigger RG siblings this left handed short scale guitar features a fixed bridge, for rock solid tuning stability.
If you are into rock and metal, or are a big fan of shred guitarists, then this is the 3/4 size left handed guitar to opt for if budget allows. The only downside is that you will have to source your own amp and other accessories as this is not available as an all-inclusive package.
Best Left Handed 3/4 Bass Guitar
1. Ibanez GSRM20L Mikro
Best Left Handed Short Scale Bass
It’s unfortunately fairly slim pickings when it comes to 3/4 bass guitars – even for right handed players! Luckily Ibanez has hooked us up with this fabulous little left handed short scale bass.
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 lightweight poplar body, a maple neck with jatoba fretboard, and a short 28.6″ scale length. Ibanez basses are well known for their slim necks and comfortable, contoured bodies, and this model is no exception.
It features a PJ pickup combination for an ultra-versatile sound. The j-style pickup is brilliant for softer style such as jazz and blues, which the p-style pickup is better suited to rock and heavier genres. So ,this is a bass that should happily be able to handle any style of music.
At this price, it’s a lot of bass for the money!
2. EDMBG Mini Bass
Budget Left Handed Kids Bass Guitar
If the Ibanez above is a little over budget, then the EDM-BG Mini is a much more affordable option at around 1/2 of the price. It comes in a lovely blue finish, features a single pickup for simplicity, and is unbranded to help keep costs down.
Main features include a basswood body, a maple neck, and a rosewood-style fingerboard. There is also a supplied cable, so all you’ll really need is an amp, and potentially a little tuner.
Smaller bass guitars are a lot harder to find compared to 6-string guitars. Either of the basses 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.
Alternative 3/4 Left Handed Guitar Options
Left Handed 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 I mentioned in my article on restringing a right handed guitar upside down, this isn’t the ideal route to take. However, if no other options are available it may be a necessary evil until your child can handle a full sized guitar or bass.
I get asked about right handed options often, so I’ve put together a guide specifically for righties which you can check out here.
1/2 Size Left Handed Guitars
Try A Full-Sized Guitar
Finally, If you think you might be able to handle a full-sized budget acoustic, then check out my Donner DAG-1C review for an excellent package that won’t break the bank.
Check out my Newbie Guide for recommendations on other full-sized lefty guitars and basses.
If the guitar you’ve selected doesn’t come with an amp, you might like to check out my beginner guitar amp guide, for a great selection of affordable amplifiers. Additionally, my guide to beginner accessories will clue you in on a few must-have gadgets and gizmos that you may also like to pick up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Start With An Acoustic, Electric, Classical or Bass Guitar?
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 first, and then move on to bass.
This is all nonsense – buy whatever the new guitarist wants to ultimately play. Starting out on a classical guitar is only going to take the fun out of learning if guitar shredding or slap bass is their main goal.
Scale Length Is Important
Any of the instruments below should make a fantastic smaller guitar choice. Some of the models I’ve listed are not strictly ¾ sized – some are simply shorter scale-length guitars, which more or less means the same thing. You can learn more about scale length here.
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.