Q1. How do you measure guitar size?

There are several different ways through which you can measure the size of the guitar. The reason behind to know the size of the guitar is different people comfortable with different size and everyone is having a different size. 

Measuring a guitar is important for multiple reasons. Determining the dimensions of a guitar can help you to find an instrument that fits your body size and personal preferences best. 

Measuring the size of a guitar also helps you to find a case that will fit your instrument and protect it properly. 

Measure the length of the neck from the body of the guitar to the intersection of the neck and the head of the instrument. Measure the length of the guitar’s body, not including the neck and head. 

Measure the upper bout width. This is the distance from one side of the guitar to the other at the widest portion of the upper section of the body.

Measure the depth of the guitar’s body, not including the bridge. Perform this measurement at both the lower and upper sections of the body and record each measurement. 

Measure the total length of the guitar from the tip of the head to the tip of the tail. Do not include a tail strap pin in this measurement. Measure the overall depth of the guitar from the back of the guitar to the front, including the bridge. Measure the space between the flat surface upon which the guitar is resting and the underside of the neck at both the 12th fret and the nut. Record both measurements.

Q2. What is the normal scale length for a guitar?

Scale length is the most important measurement to as accurately as possible match a person to a guitar size.Once you establish scale length you can see who that guitar may be suitable for by using the appropriate charts below or near the top of this page.  

First you need to be aware about the scale length for any named fractional size varies and can often overlap according to guitar type, makers style, players custom preferences, construction periods through history and anything else you can think of. 

Secondly, don’t let numbers and measurement conversions scare you. Most measurements are quoted in both these days and you can always use the internet to convert quite quickly. You’re here on it now anyway aren’t you?

Q3. What size guitar is best for beginners?

The correct size is most accurately determined by the player’s height and age. It's also important to choose a guitar that will inspire you or your child to
play.  If they’re into rock music, best to go for an electric guitar.  Folk music is best played on a steel string acoustic. 

Things should be kept in mind when deciding for the size of the guitar are:- 

Electric Guitars are much smaller than Steel-String Acoustic Guitars and Nylon String Classical Guitars, they can basically be used by most people, but you do need to consider the extra weight.  Acoustic Guitars are bigger but hollow, whereas Electric guitars are smaller but made of solid wood so can be a little heavier. 

The steel strings of an acoustic guitar or electric guitar may cause some pain or discomfort when you start to play. Imagine pushing down on a butter knife. We find that children, in particular, are more inclined to persist if they play a nylon string guitar to begin with.  The strings are much wider and easier on the fingers.

Q4. How to choose right size guitar for a child?

The younger kids are having the smaller hands and arms. Young kids won’t be even able to reach to the end of the neck of a full size guitar, not to mention wrap their fingers around to play sounds. That’s why there are different guitar sizes
are available in the market.  In order to prevent any frustration already at the very beginning you should choose the right sized guitar for your child. Not only the size and the body but also the necks are a way of smaller kid’s guitar. 

Generally, all kid’s guitar sold which are either 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or full size guitars. Meanwhile, some guitar manufacturers also offer 1/8 size guitars or 7/8 size guitars. If your child is for example 5 years old and measures around 4,3″, then  a half size guitar would be the right choice. But if, for instance, your child has got larger hands, do not hesitate to buy the larger one. 

The condition when your child is close to the next size. Buy the guitar which is bit larger. Why should you buy a smaller guitar if you’ll need to get a larger one in a few months? A guitar that is theoretically just half an inch too large will not cause any problems. So you must get the guitar which is more suitable for you.

Q5. How to pick the right guitar for you?

Ready to buy a guitar, but unsure about where to start? Or what to buy? The worst thing you could do is purchase the wrong instrument and fall out of love with it before you get a chance to dive in. 

That’s where we come in. Here’s exactly how to find the right 6-string for you.  If you’re not an instrumentalist and you’ve decided to start playing music with guitar, you might consider going acoustic. They don’t need much you can, essentially, just pick one up and start playing. 

Electric guitars, of course, require amplification and other various bells and whistles (cables, pedals, etc.) that, depending on what style of music you think you’d like to tackle, can become complicated and expensive. Because electric guitars are more involved, they allow for more experimentation in sound, which can be intriguing for the non-novice.

Q6.What is the different sizes of guitar?

There are some other more bizarre sizes and shapes but these are the most common ones. Note that it’s hard to categorize guitar sizes and shapes into tight categories because each brands sizes and shapes are subtly different. There are so many different size of guitar like mini guitars, travel guitars etc.

Mini Guitars

These Half- and 3/4-size guitars are designed specifically for children so they’re very small. They’re quieter and less full sounding than full-sized guitars but also cheaper. They’re perfect for children beginning to learn to play guitar. 

They can also be good as travel guitars if you’re looking for a more traditionally shaped travel guitar.

Travel Guitars

These are the smallest and cheapest acoustic guitars available, ideal for those players who travel around a lot and need to play in different places. Travel guitars weigh around 3 pounds and have a thin sound. If you don’t need volume and a full tone and just want something to hack around on that’s easy to travel with then a travel guitar might be an option.


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