Choose the right violin/cello/guitar sizes

Following is a simple guideline on how to choose the right sizes for Violins, Cellos and Guitar players.

Sizes of Violins

  • 1/16 – Suitable for young children age 3 to five years old. with an arm length of 14 to 15 3/8 inches.
  • 1/10 – Also for young musicians age 3 to 5 years old, with an arm length of 15 3/8 to 17 inches.
  • 1/8 – Again, for young violin enthusiasts age 3 to 5 years old with an arm length of 17.1 to 17.5 inches.
  • 1/4 – This violin is suitable for children 4 to 7 years old with an arm length of 17.6 to 20 inches.
  • 1/2 – For children ages 6 to 10 years old, with an arm length of 20 to 22 inches.
  • 3/4 – Children 9 to 11 years old with an arm length of 22 to 23.5 inches will enjoy playing this size violin.
  • 4/4 – For violinists age 12 and above with an arm length of 23.5 and up. This is the size for adults.

Sizes of Cellos (By Age Group)

  • 1/8 size – 4 to 6 years old
  • 1/4 size – 5 to 7 years old
  • 1/2 size – 7 to 11 years old
  • 3/4 size – 11 to 15 years old
  • 4/4 size – 15 and above

Sizes of Guitars (Acoustic/Classical)

  • 30″ (1/4 size)  –  Age 5 to 7
  • 34″ (1/2 size)  –  Age 7 to 9
  • 36″ (3/4 size)  –  Age 9 to 13
  • 38″ (7/8 size)  –  Age 14 to 20
  • 39″ – 42″ (Adult sizes)  – >Age 20