It’s important to know what size guitar you’re buying, especially when you’re shopping online and can’t try out the guitar for yourself. Guitars a variety of different sizes – we have a guitar size-guide here, along with some guitars to match – so you can see just what suits you. If you are here for the Full Size Beginner Guitar, full size acoustic guitar for sale or full size guitar frets, then read on
Even though 3/4-sized guitars are recommended for 8-12-year-olds, this doesn’t mean they are not suitable for adults, too. Increasingly, adult players – even experienced ones – have been opting for playing 3/4 size guitars too, due to the convenient size (especially when travelling) and the more punchy sound. Ed Sheeran uses almost exclusively 3/4-sized guitars.
3/4 guitars are fine for children under the age of 11, or as travel guitars, but if you want to learn properly, then buy a full-size guitar at the start. I started on a full-size classical guitar right back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper; initially, it’s hard, but your fingers adapt fast enough and you will soon develop flexibility and dexterity. For children under 11, a 3/4 guitar is an option, but even then I still feel that full-size is better. Check out all the amazing 6-year-old kids playing amazing stuff on the internet, 9 times out of 10 they are playing full-size instruments.
What guitar size do you need?
There’s no one-solution fits all when it comes to a musical instrument, and it always comes down to personal tastes. But you can follow these suggestions:
- If Buying Guitar for a Child: Follow the guitar sizes as advised before, according to child’s age.
- If You’ve Never Played Guitar & want to try it out: Buy a classical guitar. Cheap and easy.
- If You Want A Good All-Rounder: Get a traditional acoustic guitar.
- If You’re Thinking About Playing Live: Get an electro-acoustic.
- If You Want To Play Some Rock’n’Roll: Get an electric guitar
Full Size Beginner Guitar
Best less-expensive full-size acoustic guitar for beginners
If you want to start out on a full-size guitar but don’t want to break the bank, two of our experts recommend this acoustic guitar from Yamaha. “It’s one of the first guitars I ever played, and I still play it from time-to-time,” Hutson says, adding that it’s the guitar he used to record his first album. According to him, the Yamaha is a “really basic, simple-sounding acoustic guitar” that’s still “sturdy and nice.” Musician James Elkington agrees, telling us that “if you want to buy something new, Yamaha is always pretty trustworthy.” Elkington, who worked in guitar stores for more than a decade, adds that “people always prized the Yamaha guitars they started on just as much as the fancier Gibson and Martin models they progressed to.”$109 AT MUSICIAN’S FRIEND$109 AT GUITAR CENTER
Best full-size, solid-wood acoustic guitar for beginners
Many of these more affordable guitars are constructed with pressed plywoods, as opposed to the solid-wood bodies you’ll typically find on pricier models. But if you’re willing to spend a little more, Patel says this guitar from Fender, “probably the most recognized name in the guitar world,” is one of the best deals on the market today. The solid-wood top, he explains, “means it has better sound, and the cutaway makes it easier to play.” As a bonus, the guitar comes with a surprisingly high-quality hardshell case, which Patel says is “rare at this price point. It’s an incredible value.”$440 AT AMAZON$440 AT PROAUDIOSTAR