Electric guitars are very different from acoustic guitars in terms of build structures. Though the number of strings and the playing technique is more or less the same, the electric guitar is sleek and has electronic pickups and an output port to connect it to the amplifier or speaker. Electric guitars have more frets on the fretboard than the usual acoustic or classical guitars. Most modern electric guitars have more than 20 frets on the fretboard. Most common are 22 frets or 24 frets. Now let’s dive into the list of electric guitars for small hands and their short reviews. Keep reading the article so that you don’t miss out!
Buying Guide for Guitars
Before going any further in buying an electric guitar, be it small hands or big hands, you should know about these few pointers we have made, making your life easier when choosing an electric guitar. What to look for and what you should be concerned about will be covered in this section within a few points. So, let’s dig into it.
Build Quality of the Guitar
The build quality is the guitar's overall quality, considering the wood it was made from, the finish, and body and neck properties. The guitar necks should feel comfortable when playing, and they shouldn’t be too thick or too thin. The string action and the intonation of the guitar should be checked too by playing it.
The scale length is the distance from the nut to the bridge of the guitar. You may want a model with a scale length that is shorter for kids and novices because it is easier to play since there is less tension on the strings. The broad-scale length measurements for the different sizes are given below. (There might be slight variation with these lengths on various models).
- 4/4 full size 24.75″ or 25.5″
- 3/4 size 22.75″
- 1/2 size 20.5″
- 1/4 size 19″
Hardware in the electric guitar is the tuning keys, the nut, and the bridge. Make sure that they are of good quality because that matters in the long run.
You should check the fretboard by playing each string on each fret to see that you don’t hear any buzzing noise. Also, look if the neck is straight because bend necks on guitars can cause buzz or intonation problems, and it’s not ideal for a guitar.
Pickup Quality and Tone
You can’t tell if an electric guitar sounds good without plugging it in. So once you plug it in an amp, check how the pickups produce sound and how much output it has. Make sure the sound doesn’t fade away quickly after plucking or picking a note. Also, don’t forget to check the control knobs and the pickup selectors if those work flawlessly or not.
Usually, smaller-scale guitars don’t cost a great fortune compared to other regular guitars. If you are buying it for your child, an expensive guitar is a risky investment because he/she might fall out of love with the guitar and pick up some new interest, kids, you know! So, anything north of $300 will be overkill for a child’s guitar.
Yamaha Pacifica PAC112J
5-Way pickup selector
Two single-coils and one humbucker
Ibanez GRGM21BKN Mikro
22” scale for low string tension
Fender Squier Short Scale
A complete package
C-shaped maple neck
Three single-coil pickups
Epiphone Slash "AFD" Signature Les Paul Special-II
Ceramic plus Humbucker pickups
Built-in E-Tuner on pickup ring
It comes with a custom gig bag
Peavey Captain America Rockmaster
Single humbucking pickup
Epiphone SG Junior Player Pack
Mahogany body and neck
Amp and pick included in the package
Rise by Sawtooth ST-RISE-ST-3/4 Player pack
Maple neck and fretboard
Single humbucking pickup
Amp and picks included in the bundle
Fender Squire short Scale Bullet Mustang HH
Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH
Poplar Body with Gloss Polyurethane Finish
Maple Neck and Maple Fingerboard
Dual Humbucking Pickups
Volume & Tone Controls
6-Saddle Hardtail Bridge
Case Not Included
LyxPro 30 Inch Electric Guitar Starter Kit
It comes with an amp, digital tuner, strings on the package
Perfect for kids
1. Yamaha Pacifica PAC112J
We all know of Yamaha as a great Japanese brand that doesn’t compromise on its products. From the first-hand experience with the Pacifica 112J, we can tell you that this guitar feels so premium and plays like a charm.
No wonder why you can see this guitar in most school’s music departments because when you factor in the price, the build quality, the number of finish options, and the tonal quality, this guitar is an allrounder. It has an HSS pickup configuration that can handle all the music genres you can think of to play.
2. Ibanez GRGM21BKN Mikro
If you have the faintest ideas about guitar brands, you should have heard the name Ibanez for sure. This Japanese brand is one of the top, if not the top, guitar manufacturers globally. And for smaller hands, they offer you the Mikro series of guitars. It is the first compact guitar of Ibanez for younger players. With a 22” scale length, this guitar will be comfortable for kids and teens. And it sounds like a regular Ibanez GRG model, which is their budget lineup for guitars.
3. Fender Squier Short Scale
We all know Fender guitars. They are an American brand running since the 40s. Squire is their sub-brand that produces similar products at an affordable range. The classic Stratocaster shape is now available on a smaller scale dedicated to young players and people with small hands. This bundle includes an amp for the practice.
4. Epiphone Slash "AFD" Signature Les Paul Special-II
Les Paul shapes are famous for their deep sound and look, and many world-famous guitarists play them, like Slash from Guns N Roses, and who doesn’t know him? This “Slash Signature” Les Paul has an excellent build quality and the tones you would expect from a Les Paul. Our only gripe is that it should’ve come with more color options. But if you look past that, it’s a solid guitar in the budget.
5. Peavey Captain America Rockmaster
This guitar almost feels like an adult instrument, yet it suits younger players with small hands. The body's design will surely catch the attention of a youngster and may motivate them to play it more.
6. Epiphone SG Junior Player Pack
The SG body shape is known to be of smaller scale and size, and the Junior player pack is undoubtedly going to be fit for smaller hands. Great players like Angus Young of AC/DC play the SG shape guitar, and he looks damn stylish with it. The sound is also excellent, thanks to the humbuckers that cancel the static noise found on single-coil pickups.
7. Rise by Sawtooth ST-RISE Player pack
The RISE guitar by Sawtooth is meant for young players with excellent build quality, and the bundle has all the necessary materials to play the instrument, including an amp, tuner, picks, and strap.
Michelangelo Batio, the world-famous guitarist, even reviewed it as a great experience at the price point.
8. Squier by Fender Bullet Mustang HH Short Scale
Another Squire guitar for a smaller hand; they just keep on coming. One lousy luck for left-handed players is that Squire Short scale guitars don’t come at left-hand orientation.
But if you are a right-handed player, then this guitar can surely take your consideration. With dual humbuckers, you will hear less noise when that thing is plugged in and more of the gain.
9. Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH
The Jazzmaster is one hell of a stylish guitar, and it packs a punch in the sound. With its dual humbucker pickups, playing rock or metal is extremely fun because of the rich tones. The maple fingerboard is excellent, but you should know that maple fingerboards tend to get dirty very often because of their lighter shade and sticky characteristics.
But other than that, there is no issue with the playability on maple necks. The C shape neck is comfortable to hold and is suitable for beginners and small hands.
10. LyxPro 30 Inch Electric Guitar Starter Kit
This guitar was specially made for the youngsters with its smaller form factor and its other accessories it comes within the package. The package includes the guitar, an amp, picks, and a set of strings, a digital tuner, and a strap.
So, know for sure that you will be set for all the accessories you need to play an electric guitar if you choose to buy this.
So, we’ve come to the end of our list of Best electric guitars for small hands. We’ve covered ten guitar models from various brands that are currently topping in the market. Some of them have tons of versatility. Some are limited. But all of them were fit for smaller hands. Hopefully, you can find your pick from our list.
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