> Ukulele or 1/4 size guitar (30″)
> Height of child: under 3’10” (117 cm)
Advice: A ukulele is a great introduction to guitar, the strings can be tuned to match a guitar so that all knowledge picked up transfers right over. They are super easy to find for cheap and will still be fun to play on for years – whereas guitars of this size are harder to find and often not as good.
> 1/2 (half) size guitar, 34″
> Possible from age 5 or 6.
> Height of child: 3’10” to 4’5″ (117 cm to 135 cm)
Advice: Depending on the individual, a 3/4 size guitar might also suit a child of 7+. A capo can be used to shorten the playing length of the guitar and stop it being uncomfortable. Again, 3/4 guitars tend to be easier to find and most children ‘outgrow’ 1/2 size guitars within a couple years.
> 3/4 size guitar, 36″
> Possible from age 7 or 8.
> Height of child: 4’6″ to 4’11” (137 cm to 150 cm)
Advice: 3/4 sized classical guitars (nylon strung) are easy to find and are good enough quality to be kept as a travel guitar when the student is older! Ed Sheeran uses 3/4 size guitars as he likes the sound of them! There are also size 7/8 guitars at 39″ suiting ages 10+ but generally it’s worth holding out until full size.
> Full size guitar, 40″
> Possible from age 10/11.
> Height of child: over 4’11 (150 cm)
Advice: Now it can make sense to spend a little more on a guitar, as they will last