Small Scale Classic Electric Guitars You Can Buy Right Now


In the electric guitar world, small-scale guitars have earned a reputation for providing players with a lighter, livelier, and overall easier playing experience. While it’s true that the smaller shape and shorter neck can make these instruments ideal for on the go or for players with smaller hands, their unique benefits don’t end there. Small-scale guitars are in many ways literally easier to play than traditional guitars, largely due to their shorter strings, which in turn are held under relatively less tension. The result is a smooth, easy-to-handle string held on a more compact neck with less distance to reach between frets. Whether you are looking for your first instrument or want to add it to your collection, a small scale electric guitar should be on your shortlist.

Here are some of the best small scale electric guitars currently available.

The Fender Mustang is an iconic small-scale guitar that has just been reissued in Fender’s new Player series of instruments. It’s a pleasure to play. Cherished and popularized throughout history by many in the industry, including Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, this updated Mustang is a fitting homage to the original at an affordable price. Its scale length is 24 inches and it is equipped with a C-shaped maple neck and a 9.5 inch radius fingerboard. The body is hand-crafted to OE spec, and Player Series pickups offer a subtle, modern twist on the classic Mustang tone.

Kay Reissue 1957 Barney Kessel

Take a look and it’s easy to see that Kay’s 1957 Barney Kessel reissue is built with style in mind. Ideal for jazz, blues and rockabilly, it features two single-coil “Kleenex box” pickups and a 24¾-inch rosewood fingerboard on a Canadian maple neck. Its hollow arched spruce body allows for pronounced resonance, and because it has a full-size traditional jazz body, when combined with the shorter string length, it produces a unique woody jangle that is hard to replicate. If you want classic 1950s swag in an easy-to-play package, look no further.

Epiphone SG Special VE Electric Guitar

Here is yet another classic and beloved small-scale design based on the legendary Gibson SG. Boasting an easy-to-play 24¾-inch neck scale, this SG Special from Epiphone can deliver timeless, full-bodied hard rock sound at an affordable price. It’s fitted with two ceramic open-coil humbuckers and sports a slim, tapered mahogany neck bolted to a solid poplar body. The high-output pickups are tuned for a more modern tone while retaining the classic styling and playability of the original, and the headstock is finished with a classic ’60s logo on the front.

70s Squier by Fender Classic Vibe Jaguar Electric Guitar

If versatility is your preference in a small-scale guitar, try the Squier Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar. tall, narrow frets for even easier playing. Multiple pickup selectors allow players to tailor the sound of the guitar to their tonal preferences, and the vintage-style tremolo provides a wide range of string bending and tone-building options. No visual detail has been overlooked either: this guitar has been honed for precise styling right down to the nickel-plated hardware and headstock logos.


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