One of the most common questions when dealing with learning the guitar is, “which size should I buy?” Unfortunately, it isn’t always as straightforward as an age-chart, but they can be a good way to judge it!

Which guitar size?

¼ Size | Usually aimed at 4-6-year olds, quarter size guitars are the smallest common models. Usually only found in Classical guitars but occasionally others, such as electric.

½ Size | Commonly suited for the ages of 5-7 the half size again, is mostly found as a classical guitar.

¾ Size | Three quarters is the second most common size. Available fairly commonly in all variants of guitar. Including acoustic and electric. These are focused between the ages of 7 and 11. However, ¾ size models are also very popular with smaller adults. Anyone with a shorter arm span will find themselves at home with a ¾ size guitar too.

Full Size | Full size guitars are generally agreed to be suitable for those aged 11 or 12 and up. With the exception being those who are a bit shorter in height. Full size is the most common size and can be found in just about every style with the most variety.

guitar-size-guide

Which guitar size is suitable for me?

Everyone is unique and is a different size with different length arms. Ideally you will want to try some options out first. If buying for an adult I would narrow it down to full or ¾ size. You should be able to figure out which is most comfortable fairly quickly.

For a child it’s harder, children all grow at different rates. So, if you have a tall 5-year-old who is growing quickly, you may find yourself buying a ¼ size instrument only to replace it in 6 months. This is the hardest part, but there is no formula to it unfortunately. You even get very young players learning on a full-size instrument and growing into it as they age.

The best option is to use our recommended age chart, as well as some common sense. With this, the aid of a guitar teacher will also help.

About the author

Rory joined Normans in October 2017 as a member of the sales team. Primarily he plays the guitar and bass, but he has picked up a few other instruments in over 12 years of playing. He most enjoys performing live and playing jazz music.

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