What is a small guitar called?

What is a small guitar called?

Have You Been Scratching Your Head Wondering What a Small Guitar is Called?

Here’s your answer to: What is a small guitar called?

A small guitar is surely just……a small guitar no?  Not quite!  Small guitars can be called by many different names as you will see in the information below.  There are also many different reasons why you may be wanting to buy or play a smaller guitar, for instance if you are helping a child to learn how to play and they need their ‘first guitar’ – and children usually being ‘small’ so will the guitar need to be!  SO let us have a look at some of the small guitars that are out there. Don’t worry you’re not the only one, many people wonder what is a small guitar called.

Children’s Guitars – Guitars for ‘small’ folk.

As we mentioned in out opening paragraph, children may wish to learn how to play the guitar at some stage of the life or an adult may buy them the first guitar in the hope that they will become the worlds next big guitarist (we live in hope heh?).

Guitars for children start from special designed ones that are often referred to as ¼ guitars and usually suitable for ages 4 an up.  I hope that the reason why they are called ‘1/4 guitars’ is self-explanatory but if not….it’s because they are one quarter the size of the usual adult guitar.   You could then progress on to a ¾ guitar, such as for the youngster that is wanting to progress further and have a greater reach along the fretboard and is available from such brands as Yamaha and Gibson (and more!).  This is a great choice for someone that has outgrown the ¼ small guitar but still wants to progress further.

‘Women’s’ Guitars

These are often 7/8 guitars and referred to women’s guitars as they were/are thought to be perfect for younger women with smaller hands but the reality is they are just a 7/8 guitar that could be used by any beginner, boy or girl, women or man, or any gender for that matter!  The term ‘women’s guitar’ is very old fashioned so look out for the term ‘7/8’ if you want something more suitable for the younger folk.

Travel Guitars

As the name implies, travel guitars are a set of guitars that have been designed with the traveller in mind – that’s is that they have a small build (mini) and dimensions to a degree that it makes them much easier to travel with – such as on planes. 


Okay so this is not a guitar but is very closely related.  If you look at the article – Where was the Guitar Invented – you will see that we talk about the history of the guitar evolving from the humble lute.  This is the same for the ukulele and hence it is a close relative of the guitar.  Big different between the ukulele and a guitar is the strings with the former having 4 and the later having, generally 6.  So why have we mentioned this?  Because we know a lot of people that have transferred their guitar playing skills to the ukulele and enjoy the freedom of travelling with this instrument rather than the full guitar.

Here’s some of our picks of the best ukeleles:

Small electric guitars

There are some small electric guitars that are out there too for sure but this article tends to focus on the acoustic instead.  Why?  Well, general with the electric guitar you need an amplifier.  A power source.  People don’t generally find these easy to travel around with and the sound you get out of an electric guitar without these pieces of equipment is not that pleasing to many.  Hence, the acoustic guitar is the travellers choice and a more practical small guitar to be manufactured.  I hope this answers your questions about what is a small guitar called.

Here is our article on the best smaller guitars for those with small hands.


So we hope the question “What is a small guitar called” has been answered?  You can see that it can come in many different sizes and names and for different age groups and people.

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