There are many reasons why you may want to opt for a ¾ guitar instead of a full-size guitar. The most common of these reasons being for travel, for kids, and for small hands. We have covered all the bases in this article to help you find the best ¾ guitar to suit your needs.
I own one of these guitars myself and it has been my working guitar for about 4 years when I am overseas. I have never had any trouble with it and it sounds great plugged in or acoustic.
It has a curved back that sits comfortably in your lap and creates more natural volume without compromising tone.
This guitar can be built from a number of different woods including, mahogany, spruce, koa, and a range of limited edition woods.
This gives you complete control over your sound. If you like a brighter tone you could go for a spruce top guitar. If you prefer a warmer sound you could get a mahogany one. If you want the coolest looking guitar that sounds great, the grain in then koa guitars is beautiful.
These guitars come with a padded bag that is perfect for use as carry-on luggage and is much higher quality than an average gig bag.
This guitar has a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. An all-solid construction is a pretty unique feature for a sub $1000 guitar. It is also rare in 3/4 size guitars at all.
Its solid construction allows for an amazing tone. It has Fender and Fishman electronics so you can be sure it will sound great when plugged in too.
This acoustic plays like an electric so if you primarily play electric at home but want an acoustic to travel with this is a great choice for you.
It is available in blue or red but isn’t available in any natural finishes so you may have to look elsewhere if that is what you are after.
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has owned a Takamine guitar and hasn’t been impressed with the quality to cost ratio. They are a Japanese manufacturer that have extreme quality protocols.
They have a full sound and the electric internals are great for gigging with too. They play fast and easy and sit comfortably or are just as happy being used with a strap.
In my opinion, these are the best 3/4 guitar for its price. To find something else of this quality you would have to spend another 30% from most other brands.
We have a full article for the best 3/4 electric guitars that you can find here for a more in-depth look.
Stratocaster guitars offer a range of tones and are easy to play. This makes them one of the best 3/4 size electric guitars for beginners.
Squier guitars are not as good as a normal Fender Strat but are fine for beginners.
There is room for growth with these guitars as you can use them at a gig without any problems.
As with many 3/4 guitars, these are known to knock out of tune sometimes so make sure you are tuning up regularly.
These are available in a range of colors and as part of many packages so you should be able to find one that suits you.
This guitar comes with humbucking pickups. This means it is better for heavier styles of music or any other high gain applications. Imagine being able to reach twice as far while you are shredding!
These guitars are built solidly and are instantly recognizable as Ibanez guitars because of their styling. Their cost can vary depending on what inclusions you want such as the type of inlay. The classic Ibanez tooth inlay is more expensive than plain dots.
They are available in a range of colors, tonewoods, and finishes and they have bass models as well.
These are budget options for guitars if you are not sure your child will stick with it. There is no reason why a child couldn’t play a guitar from any other subcategory in this post. If you are confident they are committed to learning, it is worth getting a more expensive guitar from one of those categories.
There are acceptable electric guitars aimed at children that are cheaper than this one. The Lyxpro has some features that are missing from those options. Such features include tone and volume control knobs and decent tuners.
This guitar also has fair woods for its construction with a Canadian maple neck and rosewood fingerboard.
For cheaper guitars, a strat shape is the safest bet. It is the most common design so there is less room for error. This guitar is a nice middle ground if you can’t justify the cost of a Squire for your kid.
All the accessories you need are included with this guitar. It even has a 20w amp which should be loud enough to compete with other instruments excluding a drum kit.
This is the best budget option for a kid’s 3/4 classical guitar. It’s also the cheapest of all of our picks. For just over $50 you can get a decent guitar to learn on.
You sacrifice having nicer tonewoods for the low cost of this guitar. It has a birch headstock with a linden wood body. It still sounds good though and is fine to practice with at home.
There are enough accessories included, sweetening the deal too. A gig bag to transport the guitar to lessons or school, picks, a strap, and a clip-on tuner.
It is hard to recommend the truly budget options for a 3/4 steel-string acoustic guitar. This guitar is only a little more expensive with so much more to offer.
Yamaha is a quality brand for musical instruments and this guitar is a smaller version of their sought after FG series of guitars.
It has a spruce top with Indonesian back and sides which create a bright tone and impressive volume for its size. It also has a rosewood fingerboard with a nato neck.
A pickup could be added to this guitar and used for gigs later down the track if your kid decides to stick with learning guitar. It is a guitar that will last their entire youth and even used into adulthood if taken care of.
3/4 size guitars can range from as low as $20 and all the way up to $1000+. We recommend staying away from those ultra-cheap guitars. They have parts that are not good enough to last or even work properly when you get the guitar.
Ultra cheap guitars often come with dodgy tuners (machine heads) that come out of tune as soon as you strum the guitar. They could also have necks that warp easily making it extremely difficult to play, especially for a beginner.
The more you spend the better guitar you will get. The hardware improves, the tonewoods are better, and the overall construction will be more sturdy than a budget guitar.
For a child or an absolute beginner, we recommend spending $100+ on a steel string acoustic or an electric guitar and $50+ on a nylon string guitar. Use these as a rough starting point if you plan to shop outside of our recommendations. Doing so will help to avoid common problems associated with poorly built guitars.
If you plan to use the guitar to travel and gig with we would suggest spending a little more to get a guitar with a decent built-in pickup. It is also beneficial to get a guitar that has better tonewoods and a robust build if the guitar is going to be carried around and played in front of people. For these reasons, we would recommend spending at least $200 for a steel-string acoustic and sticking to a trusted brand.
If you’re buying your first guitar or one for a child you may be wondering which type of acoustic guitar would be best for them.
There is no right or wrong answer here but let’s run through a few facts to help you make an informed decision.
Nylon strings are more forgiving for soft hands. This is great when you are first learning as you won’t have any callouses on your fingers yet. Steel strings dig in a lot more but this also means callouses will form quicker.
The strings on nylon classical guitars are often further apart than on a steel string. This is good to help avoid pressing on the wrong strings when you are learning to form chords. This does require more reach though which may not be perfect for small hands.
Budget nylon guitars are usually of a higher standard than a steel-string guitar. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend a $50 nylon string guitar will hold its tune better than a $50 steel string.
Most modern musical styles such as pop, rock, and country use steel string guitars. To get a similar sound to the artist you will need to have a steel string too.
If there is a package available and it doesn’t cost much extra than the standalone guitar it is worth it.
That being said, most of the inclusions in a package can be found cheaply on Amazon so you should not let the package be a deciding factor.
Some parts of an acoustic guitar package aren’t necessary such as a clip-on tuner. It is easier to use this kind of tuner but there are plenty of free apps for your phone too.
Straps are also great to have but most of the time as a beginner you be sitting down to practice so it’s a little redundant.
If you are looking to buy an electric guitar you will need an amplifier so if you don’t have one already a package might be an option. The amplifiers included in electric guitar packs are substandard and you will need to upgrade to jam with others or play gigs but are fine for starting out. If you decide to buy an amp separately to practice with we suggest the Spark by Positive Grid.