Essential Tips For Finding The Right Weight And Size Guitar

Knowing the size and weight of a guitar is essential when buying a new one.

Buying a guitar can and should be a very special and passionate process. It’s the reason you find players at guitar shops sitting there playing a guitar for what seems to be hours, then putting it back on the shelf and walk away without buying it. For the players that are planning on playing more than four hours on stage every night, it should be pretty important to find the right combination of tone and versatility while keeping in mind the right weight and size because I guarantee they’ll really feel it in that last set each night. Gibson released a great little blog post featuring tips about finding the right weight and size guitar for each individual. While all their examples happen to be Gibson models (I suppose the bias is justified), the information provided will still make a lot of sense when you’re looking at any guitar. I hope you find the tips enlightening and are able to use some of the information on your next guitar purchase.

Gibson made some great points about making sure a guitar is the perfect fit for children and adults before making the final purchase. I’ll share a little taste of the post below, but you can find the full post at

If you’re a beginning player or even a guitarist with some experience looking for a new axe, there’s a good chance you want to get the same model instrument as one of your idols. But on a purely ergonomic basis, every guitar isn’t right for every player.

Size and weight are two crucial factors in determining which guitar to purchase. And they’re even more crucial when selecting a guitar for somebody else, because if you make a mistake you’re not the one who’s going to have to live with it.

Here’s a simple rule of thumb. Small people generally have an easier time playing smaller instruments. That’s why some manufacturers make half- to seventh-eighths sized guitars for children. The ironic problem with many of these instruments is that they don’t stay in tune, which is frustrating to the point of cruelty for youngsters trying to get a grip on six-string basics. It’s essential for kids to have a playable instrument, even if they have to grow into it a bit. Smaller bodied Gibsons like the Midtown Custom in the hollow-body realm or even the SG Standard solid body may be the ticket, and look for thin-taped necks. Those work best for small hands.

The weight of a guitar is a big deal, as anybody who’s played a four-set show wearing a mahogany bodied vintage Les Paul on his or her shoulders can tell you. The trade-off, of course, is tone, versatility and style. Regardless, if you’ve got back, shoulder or neck issues, or will be playing marathon sets, a lighter guitar may be they way to go as a matter of survival.

Take some of this information into consideration when you go in to buy that next guitar, these are the kinds of tips that will help you make sure you find exactly the right fit. Subscribe now to Mike’s Guitar Talk for more special guitar-buying tips.

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