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The 20 Best Children’s Guitars for Every Age – Guidebook

Next to the piano, the guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments among children. Many children want to learn how to make sounds and melodies with the guitar and play complete songs.

A children’s guitar can be the perfect introduction for your child to music and playing the guitar. Music educators recommend children’s guitars for ages 4 to 12. However, choosing the right children’s guitar depends less on age and more on the size of the child. The right children’s guitar must be adapted to the height of the child so that he can play the instrument properly. For this purpose, there are different sizes of guitars on the market to suit every child.

Of course, this is not the only criterion to consider when buying a children’s guitar. We have compiled a checklist for you to find out which guitar is the right one for your child. Our product recommendations give you further guidance.

Children Guitar Checklist

Size of the Children’s Guitar
  • The size plays an essential role in choosing the appropriate children’s guitar:
  • 1/4 children’s guitar: at a height of about 120 cm (circa at the age of 5 to 7 years)
  • 1/2 children’s guitar: at a size of 130 cm (approximately at the age of 6 to 9 years)
  • 3/4 children’s guitar: at a height of 140 cm (approximately at the age of 8 to 10 years)
  • 7/8 children’s guitar: at a height of 150 cm (approximately at the age of 10 to 12 years)
  • 4/4 guitar: at a size from 160 cm (circa at the age of 13 years)
Strings
  • Like the size, the string action is also decisive for whether children’s hands can play a guitar well.
  • The strings should be no more than 2 mm from the fret in the first fret so that chords can be fingered well.
  • The curvature of the guitar neck also plays a role: a strong curvature makes for too high a string action.
Good workmanship
  • When buying a guitar, make sure that it is well made.
  • It should be of high quality and not pose a risk of injury to your child.
  • If the frets are too sharp-edged, you should literally keep your hands off the guitar
  • Consider also the varnish of the guitar. A varnish that is cleanly applied and does not have a strong chemical smell indicates good quality

Based on our checklist, we have made a selection of recommended children’s guitars that meet the above criteria.

Toy Children Guitars for Toddlers

A toy children’s guitar is suitable for a playful introduction to the world of music. With them, even the smallest children can create their first sounds and melodies.

1/4 Child Guitars for 5 to 7 Years Old

For a more serious start, a 1/4 children’s guitar is suitable. It is the right choice for children aged 5 to 7 years. However, the height of the child is clearly more important. A 1/4 children’s guitar is suitable for a height of about 120 cm.

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Tip: You can find many more great 1/4 kids guitars in our guide to 1/4 kids guitars.

1/2 Children’s Guitars for 6 to 9 Years Old

For children with a height of about 130 cm the 1/2 guitar is the right choice. These are usually children between 6 and 9 years. Here you will find a selection of suitable guitars:

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Tip: You can find many more great 1/2 children’s guitars in our guide to 1/2 children’s guitars.

3/4 Children Guitars for 8 to 10 Years Old

A 3/4 children’s guitar is suitable for children from 8 to 10 years. It is optimal for a body height of 140 cm. Here you will find a suitable selection:

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Tip: You can find many more great 3/4 children’s guitars in our guide to 3/4 children’s guitars.

The Best Sellers of Children Guitars

We have compiled the most popular children’s guitars in a bestseller list for you.

# Preview Product
1 30' Wood Classical Guitar with Case and Accessories for Kids/Girls/Boys/Beginners (Pink) 30" Wood Classical Guitar with Case and Accessories for Kids/Girls/Boys/Beginners (Pink)
2 KidKraft Lil' Symphony Wooden Play Guitar, Kids Musical Instrument Toy, Gift for Ages 3+ KidKraft Lil' Symphony Wooden Play Guitar, Kids Musical Instrument Toy, Gift for Ages 3+
3 First Act Acoustic Sunburst Guitar, 30 Inch - Brass Acoustic Guitar Strings, Tuning Gear, String Post Covers, Steel-Reinforced Neck, Strap Buttons – Musical Instruments First Act Acoustic Sunburst Guitar, 30 Inch - Brass Acoustic Guitar Strings, Tuning Gear, String...
4 Donner 30 Inch Electric Guitar Kid Beginner Kit ST Style Mini Electric Guitar Starter Package Red for Boys Girls Children with Amp, 600D Bag, Tuner, Picks, Cable, Strap, Extra Strings DSJ-100 Donner 30 Inch Electric Guitar Kid Beginner Kit ST Style Mini Electric Guitar Starter Package Red...
5 ADM Beginner Acoustic Classical Guitar 30 Inch Nylon Strings Wooden Guitar Bundle Kit for Kid Boy Girl Student Youth Guitarra Free Online Lessons with Gig Bag, Strap, Tuner, Extra Strings, Picks,Blue ADM Beginner Acoustic Classical Guitar 30 Inch Nylon Strings Wooden Guitar Bundle Kit for Kid Boy...
6 QDH Kids Toy Ukulele, Kids Guitar Musical Toy,17 Inch 4 Steel Strings, with Pick, Kids Play Early Educational Learning Musical Instrument Gift for Preschool Children, Ages 3-6(Wooden Color) (17inch) QDH Kids Toy Ukulele, Kids Guitar Musical Toy,17 Inch 4 Steel Strings, with Pick, Kids Play Early...
7 WEY&FLY Kids Toy Guitar 6 String, Baby Kids Cute Guitar Rhyme Developmental Musical Instrument Educational Toy for Toddlers WEY&FLY Kids Toy Guitar 6 String, Baby Kids Cute Guitar Rhyme Developmental Musical Instrument...
8 Fender Squier 3/4 Size Kids Mini Strat Electric Guitar Learn-to-Play Bundle w/ Amp, Cable, Tuner, Strap, Picks, Fender Play Online Lessons, and Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD - Brown Sunburst Fender Squier 3/4 Size Kids Mini Strat Electric Guitar Learn-to-Play Bundle w/ Amp, Cable, Tuner,...
9 CB SKY CB Sky Soprano Ukulele 21inch/53cm beginners, students kids guitar (Red) CB SKY CB Sky Soprano Ukulele 21inch/53cm beginners, students kids guitar (Red)
10 Beginner 30” Classical Acoustic Guitar - 6 String Linden Wood Traditional Style Guitar w/ Wood Fretboard, Case Bag, Nylon Strap, Tuner, 3 Picks - Great for Beginner, Children Use - Pyle PGAKT30 Beginner 30” Classical Acoustic Guitar - 6 String Linden Wood Traditional Style Guitar w/ Wood...
11 Fender FA-15 3/4 Scale Kids Steel String Guitar Learn-to-Play Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Strap, Picks, Fender Play Online Lessons, and Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD - Red Fender FA-15 3/4 Scale Kids Steel String Guitar Learn-to-Play Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Strap,...
12 Oscar Schmidt OG5 3/4-Size Kids Acoustic Guitar Learn-to-Play Bundle w/Gig Bag, Tuner, Strap, Picks, Instructional Book, DVD, and Austin Bazaar Polishing Cloth Oscar Schmidt OG5 3/4-Size Kids Acoustic Guitar Learn-to-Play Bundle w/Gig Bag, Tuner, Strap, Picks,...
13 POMAIKAI Soprano Kids Ukulele for Beginner Girls 21 Inch Hawaii Kid Guitar Starter Ukelele Wood Uke Soprano Uke with Gig Bag (Pink) POMAIKAI Soprano Kids Ukulele for Beginner Girls 21 Inch Hawaii Kid Guitar Starter Ukelele Wood Uke...
14 LyxPro 30 Inch Electric Guitar and Starter Kit for Kids with 3/4 Size Beginner’s Guitar, Amp, Six Strings, Two Picks, Shoulder Strap, Digital Clip On Tuner, Guitar Cable and Soft Case Gig Bag - Red LyxPro 30 Inch Electric Guitar and Starter Kit for Kids with 3/4 Size Beginner’s Guitar, Amp, Six...
15 Loog 3 String Acoustic Kids Guitar for Beginners, App & Lessons, Black, for Children (LGMIK) Loog 3 String Acoustic Kids Guitar for Beginners, App & Lessons, Black, for Children (LGMIK)
16 Pyle Classical Acoustic Guitar 36 Inch Junior Size Beginner Starter Kit Steel String Guitarra Acustica Bundle Pack with Gig Bag,Tuner, Picks, Strap for Students Practice, Kids, Adults Pyle Classical Acoustic Guitar 36 Inch Junior Size Beginner Starter Kit Steel String Guitarra...
17 Kids Toy Classical Ukulele Guitar Musical Instrument, Brown Kids Toy Classical Ukulele Guitar Musical Instrument, Brown
18 Yamaha JR1 FG Junior 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar Yamaha JR1 FG Junior 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
19 17 Inch Kids Ukulele Guitar Toy 4 Strings Mini Children Musical Instruments Educational Learning Toy for Toddler Beginner Keep Tone Anti-Impact Can Play With Picks/Strap/Primary Tutorial (Sprucewood) 17 Inch Kids Ukulele Guitar Toy 4 Strings Mini Children Musical Instruments Educational Learning Toy...
20 Best Choice Products 30in Kids Acoustic Guitar Beginner Starter Kit with Electric Tuner, Strap, Case, Strings, Capo- Sunburst Best Choice Products 30in Kids Acoustic Guitar Beginner Starter Kit with Electric Tuner, Strap,...

Tip: You will find many more great children’s instruments in our guide to musical instruments for children.

Current Offers of Children Guitars

In this list you will find the best offers on children’s guitars that are currently available:

SaleBestseller Nr. 2
KidKraft Lil' Symphony Wooden Play Guitar, Kids Musical Instrument Toy, Gift for Ages 3+
KidKraft Lil' Symphony Wooden Play Guitar, Kids Musical Instrument Toy, Gift for Ages 3+
Six authentic guitar strings - not simple wire like most toy guitars; Made of plastic and composite wood materials
$54.99 −36%
SaleBestseller Nr. 4
SaleBestseller Nr. 7
Fender Squier 3/4-Size Kids Mini Strat Electric Guitar - Surf Green Learn-to-Play Bundle w/Amp, Cable, Tuner, Strap, Picks, Fender Play Online Lessons, and Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD
Fender Squier 3/4-Size Kids Mini Strat Electric Guitar - Surf Green Learn-to-Play Bundle w/Amp, Cable, Tuner, Strap, Picks, Fender Play Online Lessons, and Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD
3/4-size body; 22.75" scale length; Ideal size for children ages 6 to 12 years; "C"-shaped maple neck and 20-fret fingerboard
$289.99 −7%
SaleBestseller Nr. 8
Fender FA-15 3/4 Scale Kids Steel String Guitar Learn-to-Play Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Strap, Picks, Fender Play Online Lessons, and Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD - Red
Fender FA-15 3/4 Scale Kids Steel String Guitar Learn-to-Play Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Strap, Picks, Fender Play Online Lessons, and Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD - Red
3/4-size steel-string Fender acoustic guitar; Ideal size for children ages 6 to 12 years; Modern Fender 3+3 headstock and walnut bridge
$199.99 −15%

Tip: You can find many more great guitars in our guide to electric guitars for kids.

FAQ About the Children G uitar

Children’s guitar: What size?

When choosing the right size of a children’s guitar, the height of the child is crucial:
– ¼ children’s guitar: at a height of 120 cm (circa at the age of 5 to 7 years)
– ½ children’s guitar: at a height of 130 cm (circa at the age of 6 to 9 years)
– ¾ children’s guitar: at a height of 140 cm (circa at the age of 8 to 10 years)
– 7/8 children’s guitar: at a height of 150 cm (circa at the age of 11 to 12 years)
– 4/4 guitar: at a height from 160 cm (circa at the age of 13 years)

What is the size of a children’s guitar?

There are different sizes of children’s guitars to suit the different body sizes of a child. Basically, a children’s guitar is useful for children between the ages of 4 and 10. They vary in size. For example, there are 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 7/8 children’s guitars.

Children’s guitar: Which is the right one?

The question cannot be answered in a general way. There is no such thing as the right children’s guitar that is perfect for every child and every purpose. Depending on the size and purpose, a different children’s guitar is the right one. For toddlers, a toy children’s guitar is the right choice. Older children need a better instrument on which they can learn to play properly.

From when is a children’s guitar useful?

Around the age of 4, you can start thinking about slowly introducing your child to a guitar in a more serious way and getting them interested in the instrument.

Charlotte is passionate about writing for the Elternkompass. In her free time, her son Emil likes to keep her on her toes and together they spend a lot of time outdoors, walking around their home city of Leipzig. In her product recommendations, Charlotte shares her experiences with you.