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What size guitar should I get for my child?

There are four basic guitar sizes: 1/4 size, 1/2 size, 3/4 size, and full size.

In most cases, you can follow the guidelines below when selecting a guitar for your child.

  • For a small child, 3 to 6 years old, a 1/2 size guitar with a scale length of 20.5 inches is ideal
  • For a medium-sized child, 7 to 12 years old, a 3/4 size guitar with a scale length of 22.75 inches is ideal
  • For a big kid, 13 years or older, a full-size guitar with a. Scale length of 24.75 inches or 25.5 inches is ideal

With the above guidelines in mind, the best way to ensure your child can play comfortably is to have them try a few different sizes. You should help them find a guitar that allows their arm and shoulder to fit comfortably around the body. They should also be able to reach the end of the neck with their opposite hand.


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