What size guitar is right for my child?

Using the Age to Guitar Size Chart

The following chart will help you choose the right sized guitar for your child. It is important to note that guitar size is only one part of making it easy for your child to play. An un-adjusted guitar will not be easy to play, even if it is the right size. Here at FirstGuitar.com, each guitar is inspected, properly adjusted and set up so that the strings are easy to press down and the notes ring clearly.
Why the appropriate size may vary from child to child. • What if my child wants to play a larger guitar?

Ages 4-6

Acoustic 30" IN STOCK View Models

Ages 6 -9

Acoustic 3/4 Size IN STOCK View Models
Classical 3/4 Size IN STOCK View Models
Electric Mini Electric Guitar IN STOCK View Models
Bass Mini Bass Guitar BY ORDER ONLY View Models

Ages 9 - 12

Acoustic 36" Student Size IN STOCK View Models
Classical 36" Student Size IN STOCK View Models
Electric Full Size Electric Guitar IN STOCK View Models
Bass Short Scale Bass BY ORDER ONLY View Models

Ages 12 - Adult

Acoustic 40" Concert Size IN STOCK View Models
Acoustic 41" Dreadnought IN STOCK View Models
Classical 40" Concert Size IN STOCK View Models
Electric Full Size Electric Guitar IN STOCK View Models
Bass Full Size Bass Guitar IN STOCK View Models
Why the right size may vary from child to child:
  • If your child is small to average in height for his/her age, consider staying within the age group as listed on the chart.
  • If your child is on the cusp of two groups, use his/her relative size to determine which age group to stay in. For example, if your nine-year-old is small for his/her age, choose from the 6-9 year group.
  • If your child is above average in height, consider moving to the next age group, particularly if your child is on the cusp. In this case, your tall nine-year-old would do well with a guitar from the 9-12 year group.
What if my child wants to play a larger guitar?

Highly motivated children may overcome a slight size obstacle. Highly motivated children may desire a larger guitar because they view it as being more mature and feel a strong identity with it. These children will most likely be able to overcome a slight size obstacle.

 

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