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.


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.