Searching for the best 1/2 size kids electric guitar for your budding young rock-star? If you’ve read our guitar sizing guide, you’ll know that these are suitable for children around 3-8, or around 3’10” to 4’6″.
When looking for 1/2 size kids electric guitars the choice isn’t exactly overwhelming, so it can be tempting to opt for a cheaper option which is more readily available. Realistically, these ultra-affordable ‘guitars‘ are essentially toys that are absolutely horrible to own and play. Avoid them and your child will thank you later on.
The option I recommend below is definitely not a toy, but is still very, very affordable. It is perfect for young children or for use as a smaller travel guitar.
Best 1/2 Size Kids Electric Guitar
SX RST Package
As with the steel-string acoustics, there is really only one 1/2 size kids electric guitar that I can happily recommend – the SX RST Package.
These scaled down Stratocaster style guitars are absolutely perfect for young budding musicians and are very inexpensive to pick up.
As is common with many Strat style guitars, the RSTs feature a basswood body with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It is around 4″ shorter and 3″ narrower than a standard guitar, ideal for smaller hands or for use as a travel guitar.
Bundled into this half-size electric guitar package is everything needed to get started. A handy headphone amplifier (headphones included) allows for quiet practice. There’s also a cable, strap, gig-bag and even a few lessons to get you started. If you decide you’d also like a traditional amp to jam out on, check out our beginner guitar amp guide for suggestions.
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Why a Strat?
The Stratocaster is the most popular guitar style in the world, and offers up numerous benefits for new players.
Versatility. You can play pretty much anything besides the heaviest of metal on a Strat. Three singlecoil pickups will provide a huge arsenal of tones at the flick of a switch.
Comfort. The contoured body ensures that you can sit for hours with one of these without any sharp edges digging into your ribs. They also tend to weigh less than most other electric guitars, making them easy to wear with a strap for longer periods.
The half size electric guitar package I’ve recommended above does come with practically everything you’ll need to get started, but there are a few inexpensive accessories that you may also like to pick up. For example you might want to grab a tuner and a selection of plectrums with your new guitar pack.
I often get questions from parents who have been told that a nylon string classical is the best style of guitar to begin on. The reason you are told that is because nylon strings are slightly easier on the fingers.
Here’s what you should do. Let them play whatever instrument they want to play. There is absolutely no point in giving a budding Steve Vai a classical guitar. It will only serve to frustrate and potentially dissuade your child from continuing to learn and play.
All guitar strings will irritate fingers at first (less so with nylon), but you know what? The body adapts! Quickly!
It might take a little longer to get used to the steel strings of a 1/2 size kids electric guitar, but they are far more comfortable to hold and play when compared to an acoustic guitar once they get past this hurdle.
As Porky Pig would say, “Ble, ble, ble, that’s all folks!” Hopefully this guide has served its purpose and you’ve now managed to pick up the perfect 1/2 size kids electric guitar!