How to choose a guitar size for children

By | April 5, 2021


Start any child under the age of 6 with a half-size acoustic guitar. While kids can play an electric guitar, it is better to wait until they are at least 6 before buying one for them. Not only is an acoustic guitar easier to learn basic techniques but parents do not have to monitor the performance as much as they would with an electric guitar.


Choose a 34-inch acoustic guitar or an electric electric guitar for a child between the ages of 6 and 9. While an electric guitar might appeal more to your child, unless he was practicing at an early age, this is a period where the child can still benefit from learning an acoustic guitar.


Choose a 36-inch acoustic guitar for children between 9 and 12 years old, or decide which way they want to take an electric guitar. They can either start playing a full size electric guitar, or they can switch to a bass guitar. If they want to play a bass guitar, pick out a concise electric bass guitar for them.


Around the ages of 12 and 13, you can choose a guitar for your child that he will be able to play in adulthood. There are several choices, including classical guitar, full-size acoustic guitar, full-size electric guitar or full-size bass guitar.

Tips and warnings

  • It is always better to have a guitar that a child can grow up on instead of one that is too small for him. If your child is older than the average child in their age group, you may want to move up an age group when picking out a guitar.
  • Do not take out a guitar for your child without a plan for him to learn how to play it. Whether you are teaching the child yourself or buying him lessons, just keep in mind that most children will not learn an instrument on their own.
  • Guitar is a good instrument for children to learn. It’s exciting, but it also teaches them about music as well. Kids are constantly growing, and guitar is not the type of instrument that is one-size-fits-all. To choose a guitar that is the right size for your child, you need to use your child’s age and height to figure out the right fit.