What is the Best Guitar for Small Hands? – 2017

Playing guitar with small hands may sound like a challenging task at first, but rest assured, many guitarists have discovered numerous ways to overcome this obstacle, which is also the case with most of the children learning how to play their first instrument.

That being said, it would be easy just to buy a half size guitar and solve the problem by doing so, but there are not many of those that could be named the best guitar for small hands.

Comparison Table of Best Guitar for Small Hands

Things you must know

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There are several key things you’ll need to look out for, in order to choose the best guitar for small hands that will also suit your other needs. Some of those things are:

  • Shorter fingerboard - Aim for the ones that are between 22 and 24.6 inches. These also tend to have a slimmer neck, which is another thing to look out for.
  • Slim neck - This feature usually goes hand in hand with a shorter fingerboard.
  • Smaller body - This applies mostly to acoustic models, as the regular ones tend to be quite bulky making it harder to reach some spots, especially if you have small hands
  • Light strings - By using light gauge strings, you’ll make it a tad easier to press the strings and play in general.

We understand it’s not easy to choose the best guitar for small hands, which is exactly why we created the list below.

​Why do I put them in the list?

One of the things that immediately catches the eye with this acoustic guitar is that it’s made in North America, which may come as a bit of surprise, considering its price range.

Another thing that stands out is the blend of different tonewood used in crafting this guitar. The back of the guitar is made out of wild cherry, top out of cedar, which is an excellent combination when paired with maple neck and a rosewood fretboard.

The said combination of tonewood gives off a unique and distinct tone of S6 Original, combining warmth coming from mahogany with the somewhat crisp definition that maple has. The maple neck sports a bit shorter scale at 24.84", and the rosewood fretboard makes sure that this is a truly great small acoustic guitar.

Now, regarding the sound this guitar produces, it’s important to differentiate between two major factors before continuing, and those factors are related to the playing style you’re using.

If you’re planning on using fingerpicking as your main technique, the sound of the guitar may come off as a bit “unrefined.” However, if you add a pick in the mix, you get a completely different sound, which is reflected in a better balance between high-end notes that can be a bit harsh when fingerpicked, as opposed to the lower-end notes.


What’s usually said about this guitar is that it looks and sounds like it belongs in a higher price range. The overall great quality of this guitar draws its perks from different aspects of build material and different tonewood.

The neck is made out of mahogany, coupled with a satin finish, and combined with a rosewood fingerboard, enables you to move smoothly up and down the neck, with close to no effort at all. The entire back of this guitar is one solid piece.

Yamaha FG700s has a Non-Scalloped X-Bracing that does a great job of fulfilling its main purpose, which is strengthening the top against the tension of the strings. The bracing also plays a significant role in defining this guitar’s tonal signature.

This also makes sure that your guitar is going to preserve its stability, tone and response for a lifetime, which is probably why they have a limited lifetime guarantee.

As with all Yamaha acoustic guitars, the Yamaha FG700S also features a dovetail neck joint that is hand fitted. It uses no metal parts, and it gives a great neck to body contact, which in return produces a reliable tone, paired with incredible stability and strength.

The finish of the guitar is ultra-thin, at around 0.25mm. This ensures that the guitar will have no restrictions regarding vibrations of the wood, and it also implies that the tone will have a louder and fuller tone.


Now, to delve a little into the realm of the electric guitars as well, we have the classic Epiphone SG. The SG is easily one of the most recognizable guitars out there, mostly because it has been used for years by guitar legends like Angus Young or Tony Iommi.

The SG has been a symbol of a lightweight six-string, which is also quite slim and practical. These features are the main reason why it’s quite easy to see why it would be a named the best electric guitar for small hands.

The body of this guitar is made out of a combination of alder and maple, combined with a neck made out of hard maple and a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets. What this means is that, even if it’s mostly associated with hard rock type of music, it certainly doesn’t mean it’s limited to just rock, as the sound and tone it produces are good for many different genres, including jazz, blues or even country.

Other features include two open coil humbucker pickups; all metal the USA designed switches and an angled headstock. The finish comes in two colors – ebony and cherry. Another thing to emphasize on is the fact that Epiphone uses double-waxed pickups, which means that the wax is 100% sure to penetrate to the core center of the pickup, solidifying all parts.


This fellow here was specifically made for children and those players of a smaller frame, so it’s easy to see why it made its way to this list. Leaning on standard Fender Strat looks, features, and design, the Fender “Mini” Strat by Squires also has a considerably lower price tag, making it an obvious choice for children who want to learn to play electric guitar.

Said to be “the best tiny guitar for ages 10-14”, this axe has a ¾ body, a smaller scale at 22.75” and numerous other features, including adjustable string truss rod and a hard tail bridge, making it easy to use strings with various gauges.

The body is made out of laminated wood, which is possibly the worst thing I could say about this piece. The neck is made out of maple, combined with rosewood fingerboard. Other features include three single coil pickups, paired with a 5-way selector and rounded off with tone and volume control knobs.

The design is almost identical to a standard Stratocaster, and the finish comes in three colors – Black, Torino Red, and Pink.

While it is undeniable that this guitar is not going to impress anyone with its build quality, the versatility and affordability of it make sure that it would be a great match for any child who’d want to start to play an electric guitar.​


Taylor BT2 was created to meet the needs of those guitarists who wanted either a small body acoustic guitar, for their travel needs, or for those who had small hands (and I include children there, as well). The whole Baby Taylor line has impeccable quality, which is something we all grew accustomed to when it comes to Taylor guitars.

This guitar has a ¾ scale length and a baby dreadnought body. The top is made out of tropical mahogany, with Sapele laminate back and sides, topped off with an ebony fretboard. The laminate sides and back are not the best choice sound-wise; but that choice makes sure that we have a sturdy and reliable guitar, even if it’s only 3/4.

Now, let’s talk about how exactly does this guitar sound. For a rather small guitar, the Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor sure does sound big. The mahogany top has a unique, bold tone, seamlessly projecting every note, arpeggio or chord, without much hassle.

The laminate we mentioned above is actually a good fit with the much “darker” tone of mahogany, evening out the midst and boosting the lows, which in turn results in notes that resonate longer. Everything considered it’s easy to dub this fellow as one of the best travel guitars out there.

It’s not easy to determine the best guitar for small hands out of the ones listed above. I’d have to say that the Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar takes away the prize on this one, at least for me.

Conclusion

This is the end of the article. I hope that you can find the best guitar that suit for you! Good luck.

Natalie Wilson
 

I've been an avid guitar fan for as long as I can remember and the day I embarked on my six-string journey at the young age of 5 truly defined the course of my entire life. I work as a professional musician, session guitarist, and guitar teacher, and would like to use this blog as a personal outlet to share my six-string knowledge with the world. Welcome to MusicalAdvisors.com

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Tom Farr - March 7, 2017

Hey Natalie, I love that you included a 3/4 guitar. They’re always overlooked, but I’ve always found them really playable.

Have you ever tried the thin body Epiphone line? I have small hands and they’ve improved my ability to reach some difficult chords a lot!

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    Natalie Wilson - March 18, 2017

    Hi Tom, Thanks for commenting. I have tried the Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar. With this price range, It’s perfect for small hand guitarist!

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