Learning to play guitar when you have small hands can be a real challenge. Fortunately, there are some great small neck guitars on the market that are good for people with small hands.
While these smaller guitars are good for kids and teens, they are also good for adults with smaller hands. Even pop star Ed Sheeran plays a small guitar! What you need is a guitar with a smaller neck, these are normally 3/4 scale guitars or slimline guitars.
Personally, I think electric guitars are easier to play, but there are plenty of acoustic-electric models that are also easy to play. Check out our top picks below.
Top 10 Best Small Hand Guitars in 2015 - 2016
|Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar||(4.8 / 5)|
|Takamine GD20-NS Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar||(4.9 / 5)|
|Epiphone SG G-400 Pro Solid Body Electric Guitar||(4.5 / 5)|
|Daisy Rock Butterfly Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar||(5.0 / 5)|
|Ibanez AEG240 Thinline Recording Acoustic-Electric Guitar||(5.0 / 5)|
|Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar||(4.8 / 5)|
|Martin X Series Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition Little Martin Acoustic-Electric Guitar||(4.8 / 5)|
|Martin LXK2 Little Martin Koa Pattern HPL Top with Padded Gigbag||(4.8 / 5)|
|Epiphone PR-5E Acoustic-Electric Guitar||(4.8 / 5)|
|Daisy Rock Wildwood Artist Acoustic-Electric||(4.8 / 5)|
|Taylor GS Mini Mahogany GS Mini Acoustic Guitar||(4.5 / 5)|
|Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar||(4.4 / 5)|
|Seagull S6 Original Slim Guitar||(4.3 / 5)|
All of the models listed above are great when it comes to playing guitar with small hands. Most of the time, a 3/4 scale guitar is what people with small hands end up playing. These are good options, but keep in mind that they tend to have frets that are kinda smushed together a bit as you move up the neck. It’s not bad, but I do want to you be aware of it. Your other main option is a slimline guitar where the necks have a slim taper design that works well for smaller hands. Or, if you can get your hands on a old 60’s Gibson guitar – those things have really small necks!
Some guitar brands are known for making all their guitars with thinner necks. In general, the best brands for thin necks are Ibanez, Charvel, Daisy Rock and Jackson. Of those, I definitely prefer the sound and feel of an Ibanez.
My Favorite Acoustic Guitar for Small Hands
When it comes to the best acoustic guitar for small lands, look no further than the Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar. This guitar has a similar feel in your hands to the small Martin guitars, but I think you get a better sound from this model. here’s my quick Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar review.
This entry level acoustic guitar has a nice, affordable price and a great sound. It is a 3/4 scale guitar, which is why it’s great for people with smaller hands. I’m a big fan of the mahogany finish (pictured), but you can buy it in other finishes as well.
It is a steel string guitar and they feel like very light strings. I find the Baby Taylor very easy to play. It comes with a free tan soft gig bag for storing and transporting the instrument. The bag is padded, so it works well for protection.
Overall, the sound is just as good, if not better, than what you get with a full-body guitar. It even seems to maintain it’s tune in any type of weather conditions – humid, hot and cold. That also makes this a great travel guitar choice. It’s also worth noting that this is a solid wood guitar and not some cheap particleboard type of crap. You’re getting a real quality instrument with this one. Check out the video below to hear how good this one sounds.
My Favorite Electric Guitar for Small Hands
When I was first learning to play guitar, I went with an electric because I found it easier to learn on. Most guitar players find that electric models have smaller necks in general, and I agree with this. Of course, some are a bit easier for small hands than others. I think the Epiphone SG series has some of the slimmest necks, which is why I think that the Epiphone SG G-400 Pro Solid Body Electric Guitar is the best electric guitar for smaller hands. Keep reading for my Epiphone SG G-400 Pro Solid Body Electric Guitar review.
You can get this model in either a cherry or an ebony finish, though I am partial to the ebony. The guitar itself looks amazing and for good reason – it’s a throwback to the designs from the 60’s.
This is a really high quality guitar and it features Alnico Classic PRO pickups and push/pull coil-tapping. It really gives you the chance for some versatility in your playing.
It has a slim tamper profile, which is why it’s the best electric guitar for small hands right now. It’s also a good electric guitar for beginners because of this. In fact, it is overall one of the best electric guitars for the money today.
The guitar goes not come with a case or gig bag, so you’ll have to buy one of these separate, if you decide that you want one. But it does come with D’Addario strings standard, which are great, so no need to worry about having to replace those. For a good idea of how this guitar sounds, check out the video below.
Daisy Rock Butterfly Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar Review
If you are new to the Daisy Rock guitar brand, then you should know that the company was started by a woman who wants to make smaller guitars for women and girls.
And while many of their guitars have flowers, glitter and other traditionally girly things, these are really unisex guitars that can be played by anyone. And one of my favorites is the Daisy Rock Butterfly Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar.
This guitar has a slim neck for smaller hands, which is a signature of all Daisy Rock guitars. It is also pretty lightweight compared to most models, which also helps to make it easier to play.
If you want to hear how this one sounds when played, take a moment and check out the video below.
The guitar sounds great when you play it and looks even better. It features a butterfly rosewood bridge,white binding, and a butterfly inlay as the 12th fret marker. And, it comes with a soft gig bag.
Ibanez AEG240 Thinline Recording Acoustic-Electric Guitar Review
My main guitar at home is actually this sweet little model from Ibanez. Most of the guitars that they make have smaller necks and this Ibanez AEG240 Thinline Recording Acoustic-Electric Guitar model really fits comfortably in my smaller hands.
The thinline design means that this one is much easier to play than a deeper, larger guitar. And since it is easier to hold, that is why it is good for people with small hands.
As an acoustic-electric, you get a lot of versatility. And one really unique feature is that the guitar itself has a USB port, which makes it easy to plug into your computer and record your playing.
Unfortunately, you don’t get a gig bag or case, so you’ll have to buy a separate one to use. Of course, that is pretty standard with most guitars.
Overall, this model has a great sound at a great price. You end up with a high quality instrument that fits comfortably in your hands and should last you for many years. Check out how it sounds in the video below.
Takamine GD20-NS Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Review
Another high quality guitar brand that is known for making most of their models with smaller necks is Takamine. And out of all their current models on the market, I really like the sound and feel of the Takamine GD20-NS Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar.
Sure, it might not be much to look at since it has that natural finish and that traditional acoustic guitar look, but what it lacks in visual appeal it more than makes up for in sound and quality.
From the first time you pick this one up, you’ll notice how great it feels.
The sound you get from this guitar is a warm tone thanks to the solid cedar top and mahogany sides and back. That means that this guitar works well for all different types of music. It truly is a great acoustic guitar for the money. But don’t take my word for – listen to how it sounds in the video below.
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar Review
Another great choice for small hands is the Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar. Though Yamaha normally makes fatter necks, this model is a bit on the slim side, which is why we’ve chosen it.
Not only is this is a good guitar for small hands, but it also the best acoustic guitar under $200 – $500 right now! It’s rare that you find such a high quality guitar as such a low price, but when you buy this model at Guitar Center it is cheap.
The price also makes this a good acoustic guitar for beginners. As you’ve noticed, the design of this one is traditional like the Takamine reviewed above. However, the finish on this one is a little lighter in color. if you don;t like the color, there are a few other finishes available but they tend of have a higher cost.
Unless you buy the higher priced bundle kit, you do not get a case or gig bag with this guitar. I suggest skipping the bundle though and picking out your own case or bag. That way, you get something that is better quality.
After playing this model, I find the sound to be more folk acoustic than traditional acoustic. Either way, it sounds pretty good. Watch the video below to see what you think about the sound.
Seagull S6 Original Slim Guitar Review
When you ask around for slim neck guitars, the Seagull S6 Original Slim Guitar is one of the most recommend. And it is a pretty good guitar, but it is by no means the best choice. In fact, I think that any of the models reviewed above is a much better choice for you. And I still think that this is a decent guitar.
One of the good things about this guitar is that it is made in North America. So, if you definitely want a good acoustic guitar that is made in the USA, then this model is a good option for you cause it comes from just across the border in Canada. However, it is one of the higher priced guitars on this list (based on Guitar Center price).
Overall, this guitar feels like a high quality instrument and it fits comfortably in your hand. The brand is well-known and has won several awards for making high quality guitars. In fact, this very model was awarded.
The sound from this guitar is also good. You get a nice full, dark sound. I think it’s probably best for folk music though. And even though this isn’t the most attractive guitar, it is easy to play and is built to last you for years. I suggest taking a moment to listen to how it sounds when played in the video below.