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The makers of the La Mancha brand of smaller-sized guitars suggest 2 methods.
Their first is based on height. This is our extended and edited version of their method –
|Age Girls||Age boys||Height||Size of guitar (scale length)|
|Above average height 14 to adult||14 to adult||Over 169cm||Full size 650mm scale|
|14 to adult||12 to 15||Between 164cm and 169cm||630mm scale|
|11 to 14||11 to 13||Between 148cm and 163cm||590mm scale|
|9 to 12||9 to 12||Between 137 and 147cm||530mm scale|
|Up to 9||Up to 9||Up to 136||470mm scale|
The second La Mancha method is based on length of arm. For this method you need to be with the guitar.
- Hold the guitar upright on the floor.
- Put your elbow on the body of the guitar with your arm running up alongside the neck
- Your wrist bone should be close to the second fret .