This review article will have a longer intro as we want to explain you, our beloved reader what it is exactly the so-called baby or ¾ guitars.

These types or guitar have one main purpose which is to be smaller than regular guitars. This makes them ideal for three kinds of targets, the kids, people with small hands and they are also perfect for traveling, as their size and weight make them easier to carry around.

Even though I do not want to get too “tecky,” I must give you some hard information about these guitars, I have always been truthful to the reader and will stay as such.

Here is a quick explanation:

Guitars consist of mainly two parts, the body, and the strings.

The body makes or captures the sound (Through the hollow-box if they are acoustic, or they have mics or picks to capture the sound in the case of the electric guitars), then the strings when hit provides a pitch (Note). 

The way to change the note is to change the length of the string (As the width is impossible to change), we do this by pressing our finger through the string and into a fret. What happens here is that depending on the fret, we change the actual length of the vibrant part of the string.

Now, these frets must be at a accurate distance to keep the sound in tune, to achieve this, most guitars are in what it is called a 25.5” scale, this means that the neck measures that and that each fret is an extremely detailed place where it is necessary.

One of the hardest things to if you want to design a smaller guitar is to keep this scale together.

In the case of baby - 3/4 guitars, the scale of the fretboard is in 22.75", and everything is in correspondence with it. 

This allows for the smaller guitars to have the same notes, and it is recommended to do the same with the strings, you need to get 3/4 gauge strings to get a better sound, you can use the regular strings, but it is not a perfect sound.

Lastly, have in mind that even notes are the same (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) the characteristics of the guitar neck and strings is going to deliver a sharper sound, closer to a mandolin than to an actual guitar.

This is, unfortunately, inevitable.

As you can see from the picture above, there are further more sizes, however, if you ask me anything under ¾ makes no sense whatsoever.

For whom are these guitars think for?

Kinds under 11-12

People with small hands

Travelling

As they have smaller hands and usually not straight enough for regular guitars, these are a great alternative for early playing.

Similar to children, some people find the regular frets to separated from each other, these guitars provide an alternative, also if you get tired of pressing the strings, these are much lighter

Since the body of the guitar is smaller, they are easy to carry around. You can even play them on the inside of a car while driving.

Now, let's break this article as usual!

QUICK RUNDOWN

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Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

4.9 / 5

Yamaha APXT2EW 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gig Bag

Yamaha APXT2EW 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gig Bag

4.6 / 5

Fender Rumble 100 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier

Fender MA-1 3/4-Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar

4.7 / 5

Squier by Fender "Mini" Strat Beginner Electric Guitar

Fender Mustang II V2 40-Watt 1x12-Inch Combo Electric Guitar Amplifier

4.6 / 5

Ibanez GRGM21BKN 3/4 Size Mikro Electric Guitar

Fender Acoustasonic 15 – 15 Watt Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

4.3 / 5

Best 3/4 Guitars


1. Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

When it comes to acoustic guitars, Taylor guitars are probably one of the best on the market. These company has been making acoustic guitars for so long that they mastered the art of it.

They are the number 1 manufactured for acoustic guitars in the US, and all their models are made in California, so you do not have to worry about any Asian mid quality models.

This so wrongly called “Baby guitar” is perfect to get a darker and earthier tone, it is a great option for kids and people with small hands and travelers, however, over the years they become used by even the best musicians in the world for its easiness to change tunings on the guitar.

You may see it being played as a lap guitar or a high string guitar.

The body type is a classic dreadnought making it extremely comfortable, then the body has no cutaway, providing a perfect symmetry look. There is no electronics on this guitar, so it is perfect for them acoustic lovers.

Design in top quality mahogany it produces a perfect and powerful sound with an easy understanding and focus of sound.

The neck has 19 frets. However, since it has a dreadnought shape playing anything on top of the 15th fret (Where the body of the guitar starts), it is not comfortable.

things we liked

  • Taylor superior quality
  • Made in the USA

THINGS WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Dreadnought body, not ideal to pick above the 15th fret
  • No electronic pick neither tuner, it is only acoustic

2. Yamaha APXT2EW 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gig Bag

Yamaha APXT2EW 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gig Bag

Another of the world best-selling ¾ guitars in the world, the Yamaha APXT2 is an awesome guitar that has it all.

First, it is both acoustic and electric acoustic, so you can plug it into your favorite amp (maybe one of the articles we recommended) and rock it out.

It features Yamaha original contact pickup system and a Yamaha own tuner incorporated, making playing easier than ever. It comes with a master volume and a tone knob for you to play around and get the sound that you are looking for (Only when plugged).

The fingerboard and bridge are made of Rosewood that gives a very clean easy-to-understand sound, and it is available in multiple colors.

The 6-shape or Florentine cut of the body is pretty good as it allows the player to hit notes very high into the neck without any discomfort. So, it is a perfect guitar if you like to go up and down the neck playing nice acoustic riffs and solos all the time.

It is a very light guitar that weighs only 5.5 pounds, so it is perfect for travelling, however Yamaha only sells soft cases for ¾ guitars, if you want something more resistant to a hard case you will have to buy it from another brand, be extra careful when doing this as there are lots of models, be sure that it fits.

Have in mind that one of the most criticized features is the thinness of the body, some people find it very thin so after playing it for a while they start to get a “cut sensation” on your leg, which of course is not really good, maybe buying a leash and playing it standing up is a good option.

things we liked

  • It is an acoustic and electric-acoustic guitar
  • Incorporated tuner
  • The shape of the body (Florentine or “6-shaped”) allows for high neck soloing

THINGS WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • The body of the guitar may be a little too thick, so it becomes a bit edgy after playing it on your leg for a while
  • The sound of the guitar when plugged in could be a little bit better.

3. Fender MA-1 3/4-Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar

Fender MA-1 3/4-Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar

As you know, when I have to be mean I am. There is not a lot of good things that I can say about this guitar.

I think at the end big brands like Fender or Gibson are pushed into having an extremely cheap “for everybody” price. That is why they probably did the MA-1 ¾ series. And don’t get me wrong, it is not because of the size, there are great ¾ guitars out there, but this one is not one of them.

This guitar is made in Asia with very cheap agathist on the sides and back, and a rosewood bridge with compensated saddle and a satin finish.

The scale is a little bit bigger than the guitars we have been seeing, the MA-1 from Fender comes in a 23.3” fret scale, so it is just a slightly bigger than the rest. However, it makes no difference in comfort, sound quality or loudness.

I would say that the only good thing that the guitar has is that it is manufactured to go with steel strings so that you can get a better acoustic rather than classic sound out of it.

This is an instrument think for first time players and children, maybe as well for traveling, one of the good things is that you may not even care if they lose or break it.

things we liked

  • Just because I want to put one, the fact that it is manufactured to be string with steel strings

THINGS WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Very bad sound
  • No electronics
  • Cheap materials

4. Squier by Fender "Mini" Strat Beginner Electric Guitar

Squier by Fender "Mini" Strat Beginner Electric Guitar

The name of this guitar says it all, "beginner electric guitar", it is an interesting choice by Squier (Fender’s economy line) if you want your kids to have fun with an electric guitar, but please no matter how small your hands are, do not use them if you are an adult, have in mind that electric guitars are by definition lighter to be played that acoustic as they are thought to be played fast and easy. 

They say that it is for anybody in their web page, however, if you are an adult and start playing with this guitar, you are not going to have fun and eventually you are going to give up which is something you will regret.

For kid’s purpose, this guitar is a very affordable model that comes with everything they need to learn guitar, not only playing itself but also all the features that it also brings.

Rosewood fingerboard makes playing very light and easy; also it avoids getting your fingers sword after playing for a while. The guitar is a perfect replica of the start, and it is built in a very comfortable 22.75” scale that is perfect for kids under 12 years old.

It has three single coil pickups (Just like the Strat) but only two knobs, a master volume, and a master tone. However, it does come with a 5-position pick position selector.

Positions 1 and 2 (Neck) ideal for blues and deep sounds, position 3 (Middle) perfect for chords and all around playing, and finally positions 4 and 5 (Bridge) perfect for treble sound and powerful soloing.

It comes in a wide variety of colors including pink for the ladies, and it is probably one of the most comfortable guitars to start your musical journey.

The guitar stays in tune pretty much, especially for a Squier. However it does not bring a tremolo, probably because it would be untuned it very fast, plus it makes the possibility of breaking it much more likely.

Also, the quality of the materials is pretty decent, so it allows the gauge of the guitar to be changeable, which is very good as if the player finds it very raw they can always change it to a lighter gauge, and opposite to this if they find it very light they can go to a wider gauge.

things we liked

  • It comes with three single coil pickups and a 5-position selector
  • It is ok in quality for a Squier and a kid, but not for the first guitar for an adult

THINGS WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • No tremolo bar

5. Ibanez GRGM21BKN 3/4 Size Mikro Electric Guitar

Ibanez GRGM21BKN 3/4 Size Mikro Electric Guitar

This is an incredible choice; it is the first small model design by Ibanez. This guitar is made in a 22” scale, so it resembles quite well the design of its father, the Ibanez GRG models.

In case you are new in the music world, and you want to buy your guitar a first electric guitar, have in mind that Ibanez’s guitars are thought for a heavier metal sound that the classic Fender or Gibson.

So, if in a couple of years, you find yourself without a garage and peace, it is your fault for buying this power machine to your kid.

Of course, even though all that I just said, I still recommend you buy this (or any other guitar) to your kid, they are going to love it and are going to have so much fun while learning a healthy habit at the same time.

This guitar comes with two humbuckers mics so a more metal sound can be obtained, maybe getting a distortion pedal or amp, it is a great idea to combine it.

It comes with a master volume and a master tone knob so whoever is playing it can get different sounds out of it.

Like the Squier model, a problem comes with the tuning, in general, ¾ guitars are not made with top quality materials.

Therefore it is hard to keep them in tune, even more, if they have a tremolo bar on in the Ibanez case what it is called a “Floyd Rose bar.”

This kind of bar is much more powerful when giving the whammy/ tremolo effect, therefore, if this guitar would have one it would be almost impossible to keep it in tune.

Lastly, an extremely cool design spec is that the fret is a 24-fret board, even though the final frets are extremely small it is nice that the Ibanez’s people leave this very characteristic feature on.

things we liked

  • Buying an Ibanez guitar is telling your kid he is going to rock
  • Two humbuckers mics
  • Nice 22” scale with 24 frets

THINGS WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • No Floyd Rose Tremolo Bar
  • Forget about your garage; it will be taken in no time by heavy metal

3/4 Guitars - Buyer’s Guide

Question/ Epiphone

TAYLOR BT2 BABY ACOUSTIC GUITAR

YAMAHA APXT2EW ¾ SIZE ACOUSTIC-ELECTRIC GUITAR

FENDER MA-1 ¾ SIZE STEEL STRING ACOUSTIC GUITAR

SQUIER BY FENDER “MINI” STRAT BEGINNER ELECTRIC GUITAR, ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD

IBANEZ GRGM21BKN ¾ SIZE MIKRO ELECTRIC GUITAR

Ideal for:

Great for kids under 12, people with small hands and traveling.

Great for kids under 12, people with small hands and traveling.

Not spending a lot of money, there is nothing for this guitar is “ideal for,” just having a spare/ lend guitar that you do not care if it breaks or gets lost.

If you want your kid to learn the principles of music, plus have fun at the same time this is a great guitar, drive your kid towards the Fender sound right from the beginning.

Like all Ibanez, it is great if you want to pass a heavy metal heritage towards your family. They will learn the power that two humbuckers can provide very fast.

Things to have in mind:

This guitar has such good quality (As all Taylors) that It can be played on the serious show.

This guitar is an electric-guitar, so if you are looking to plugged it to your amp it may come as a better choice

Do not expect much out of the guitar, most of the review online actually compare this guitar to a big toy.

Teach your kid not only to play and learn that but to know about the mics positions, volume, tone, etc. The combination of all this is very important to understand.

You are going through a one-way street after whoever plays with this guitar gets used to the sound it will become almost impossible for him/her to change to a softer sound.

Getting the most out of it:

If you are a grown up, think of using it for lap or high string guitar

Get a nice amp with a powerful clean sound in combination with this guitar you will get the most out of both.

Just use it as it lies, nothing more. If you don’t like the sound just remember why you bought it and how much you paid for it. It works for practicing.

Play around with all the features of it, learn and teach that every mic position, volume, and tone will provide a unique sound. Understanding this is very important especially at the beginning.

Combine it with a nice distortion pedal or amp so that whoever is playing it can get that fat and treble at the same time sound out of it.

The biggest advantage:

By far is the quality of the product, always made in the USA

The option of being an acoustic guitar or an electric-acoustic guitar, plus the incorporated tuner comes very in handy.

At this point you may know there is not a lot of advantages on this model, to name one, the price.

All the advantages that are common on a Stratocaster, in this case at a price accessible option by Squier. Good mics, lots of choices, good quality overall

The two humbuckers that are integrated into the body of this incredible guitar.

Any cons?

Not actual cons, but the logical cons of being a ¾ guitar

Some reviews online describe that the sound is a bit like a toy especially when plugging to low-quality amplifiers

The general quality of the guitar is very bad. Just use it for some training and maybe for traveling.

They are designed in Asia (Most of them), so the quality of the guitar is nothing to die for, but of course, since it is thought as a first guitar is not that bad. Also, no tremolo bar.

It is not an ideal guitar if the kind of music that wants to play is more blues, jazz or rock and roll. Also, no Floyd Rose Whammy bar.

When to move on to the next guitar?

I would say that you can buy a new guitar whenever you can, but do not sell or throw away this one, you will use it for a long time and in different situations.

Whenever your kid becomes bigger, it will be a time to move on. However I also recommend keeping this guitar, it is great for a second option and to take on a trip.

As soon as possible, and do not expect much more comeback from the resale

When whoever is playing becomes big enough for the real stuff.

As before, when whoever plays becomes bigger, also if there is a tendency to less heavy metal sounds it may be a time to move on to another guitar outside the Ibanez family.

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Conclusion

Probably the easiest part of this very hard article. If you are looking for a guitar that is comfortable for you (a grown up) because your hands may not be big enough for a regular guitar, then the Taylor options are the best, this would be the only serious choice for an adult as Taylor’s guitars qualities is exceptional in all their models.

However, if you are thinking of buying a nice guitar for you kids, then you have two ways. Go acoustic with the Taylor if you can afford it, and if not, buy the Yamaha, which is still a nice guitar. Please try to stay away from the Fender MA acoustic guitar.

Lastly, if you want to get your kid an electric guitar to start with both options are equally good, the only thing to have in mind is the kind of music you want your kid to play.

If you want something softer, then the Squier is the option to go, if you want something a little bit more outside the grid towards heavy metal then for sure buy the Ibanez, either case they are really good choices that neither of you won’t regret.

As usual, we are always open to comments, ideas or things we may have left behind. Please feel free to contact us.


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