The Right Size Guitar for a Child

Buying your child a guitar is not an especially difficult process, but you will need to make sure that you pick out a guitar that is both playable and appealing. If the guitar is too difficult to play, the child might feel discouraged. Similarly, if the guitar is not visually and audibly appealing, your child may lose interest.

The size guitar you choose for your child is, perhaps, the most crucial aspect affecting the child’s ability to actually play the guitar. A guitar that is too large will be impossible to play, while a guitar that is too small will teach your child to play incorrectly, making it difficult for him or her to transfer to a standard size guitar upon reaching adulthood.

  • In general, a 4 to 6 year old child, ranging in height from 3’3″ to 3’9″ (99 cm to 114 cm), needs a guitar that is 1/4 of the standard size.
  • A 5 to 8 year old child, ranging in height from 3’10” to 4’5″ (117 cm to 135 cm), needs a guitar that is 1/2 the full size.
  • Children between the ages of 8 and 11 years old, ranging in height from 4’6″ to 4’11” (137 cm to 150 cm) need a 3/4 size guitar.
  • Children ages 11 and up who are at least 5′ (152 cm) tall can have a standard, full-size guitar.

This, of course, is only a general guide and there will be exceptions. The best solution would be to come into our store and have one of our experienced staff have your child fitted, this takes all the guess work out of it and gives your child the best chance of living the dream…