The 5 Best Short Scale Electric Guitars – Reviews in 2019

Short scale electric guitars are great and there are many reasons behind that. They are easy to play with small hands and provide a wide range of flexibilities due to their smaller profile.

But a common problem that you will face with most of them is crowded fingerboard due to their short scale size. Thus the reason why it’s really hard to find the best short scale electric guitar for someone who is a stranger in this era. If you are one of them, then you have come to the right place.

From the numerous ones, after extensive research and judgment based on my experience, I have enlisted the best deals on short scale electric guitar. From this detailed review, you will have a crystal clear idea about them that will eventually help you find the most suitable one for you.

So let’s get started.

Best Short Scale Electric Guitars – Comparisons

Picture Guitar Name Scale Length Body Material Price
Ibanez GRGM21BKN 34 Size Mikro Ibanez GRGM21BKN 3/4 Size Mikro 22″ Mahogany Check Latest Price
Fender 6 String Mustang 90 Fender 6 String Mustang 90 24″ Alder Check Latest Price
Epiphone G-400 Pro Electric Epiphone G-400 Pro Electric Solid-wood Check Latest Price
Peavey Iron Man 34 Rockmaster Peavey Iron Man 3/4 Rockmaster Basswood Check Latest Price
Squier by Fender Mini Strat Squier by Fender Mini Strat 22.75” Basswood Check Latest Price

 

Best Short Scale Electric Guitars – Reviews

1. Ibanez GRGM21BKN 3/4 Size Mikro Electric Guitar

Ibanez GRGM21BKN 34 Size Mikro Electric Guitar

I couldn’t help to put it in the first place because of its competitive price and tons of features. With a 22” scale this is the shortest scale guitar of our list and that means this will be perfect kids as well as small handed adults.

Although the size is smaller there is no way to judge this one as a toy. This one has the same materials and construction superiority of full-size guitar. With better electronics, this one delivers powerful quality sound.

The body finish and shape are also appreciable in every way. The double cutaway solid body and maple fretboard with 15.75″ radius feel somewhat premium.

Having 22 frets in a scale length of 22” this doesn’t feel crowded and this will be a major advantage for playing.

Ibanez worked well on the usability and sound quality and in my opinion, anyone who is looking for a good short scale guitar should give it a try.

Pros

  • Shortest 22” scale design perfect for small hands.
  • Improved and superior electronics.
  • Offers the same facility of a full-size guitar.
  • Lightweight and easy to travel with.

Cons

  • Loses tone little early.
  • Rough frets finish.

2. Fender 6 String Mustang 90, Rosewood Fingerboard

Fender 6 String Mustang 90, Rosewood Fingerboard

The first thing that I really appreciate about Fender Mustang 90 is its dual MP-90 Pickups. Although it gives fewer outputs sound is clearer than most of the guitar of this range.

This is a 24” scale guitar that comes with a 9.5″ radius fingerboard which makes it easier to play if you have little palms.

Resonance is important for an electric guitar and that is why Fender has used Hardtail bridges that facilitate the strings to move smoothly. The final result is great sound quality.

Along with three-way pickup change switches, Mustang 90 also offers great control over the guitar with volume and tone controls. Therefore, you can change the sound in the way you want it to be.

Fender has equipped it with more features (especially the MP-90 pickups) than any guitar within its price range and that is what convinced me to put it in the second position.

Pros

  • Dual MP-90 Pickups.
  • Better resonance with an improved Hardtail bridge.
  • Low radius fingerboard.
  • More control over the sound.
  • Clear and softer sound.
  • Resonant alder wood body.

Cons

  • The fretboard feels sharper than average.

 

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3. Epiphone G-400 Pro Electric Guitar with Coil-Splitting

Epiphone G-400 Pro Electric Guitar with Coil-Splitting

Are you a fan of Gibson Les Paul or SG model? Then you should have a look at Epiphone G-400 Pro.

Although introduced in 1961, guitar from the SG model still holds the fame and popularity and there are good reasons for that. The G-400 is not any different.

Epiphone has used the Alnico Classic Pro Pickups in it that comes with the major advantage of enhancement in mids and highs.

Split coil or hamburger coil of this guitar makes it possible to leave one coil behind while letting the other one tune brighter. This works really well when you want to heat up the audience.

With dual pickups, this one captures the resonance well and the letter gives better output with superior electronics. You will also have better control over the sound delivery with the controlling mechanism.

Doubtlessly the G-400 PRO worth every penny with its master workmanship and solid body. For any serious guitarist who is looking for the best short scale electric guitar, this the one that I recommend to take the music to the next level.

Pros

  • Better sound output with dual Alnico pro pickups.
  • Coil splitting for better sound delivery.
  • Solid tuning pegs.
  • Master workmanship.
  • Better tune controlling.

Cons

  • The neck is a little wider for shorthanded people.

4. Peavey Iron Man 3/4 Rockmaster Electric Guitar

Peavey Iron Man 34 Rockmaster Electric Guitar

If you are someone who is looking for entry level guitar and don’t want to break the bank; then the best possible deal for you will be this ¾ size guitar from Peavey.

This one covers all the basic requirements and yet offers a very competitive price.

The body is constructed with a blend of three types of woods that is durable enough for any beginner. The blended wood also helps to produce better sound buy balanced resonance.

This budget option offers one pickup and that might seem to be inadequate for some people. But when you are just starting up, this thing doesn’t matter that much. This one also facilities the basic sound control that is a must for an electric guitar.

This is true that the sound quality is appreciable in comparison to the price, but when you are serious about the music, this one is not for you. I will only recommend this item if you are short in the budget or if this is a just demand of your kid.

Pros

  • A highly competitive price.
  • Attractive, colorful design for kids.
  • Multi-wood construction for better resonance.
  • Crafted for kids.
  • Basic sound control facility.

Cons

  • Problem with the buzz of string.
  • Lacks some of the facilities of standard ones.

5. Squier by Fender Mini Strat – Black, Electric Guitar

Squier by Fender Mini Strat - Black, Electric Guitar

Squier by Fender Mini Strat is certainly the best short scale electric guitar for any kids or newbies who are on a tight budget because of its great build and sound quality.

This is really astonishing how could fend managed to offer such features within this budget.

This ¾ size guitar has 20 frets which make it easier to play for kids and newbies. Surprisingly, this low budget guitar has three pickups. That means this can pick more resonance and gives better output.

C – Shape maple body with rose fretboard gives this guitar a classic look that everyone will love. The neck is kept narrow so that the intended users – kids and small handed persons can play it easily.

By the price tag, this may seem to be a toy, but if you have little expertise on guitar, you will certainly discover its real value. As, for example, by sanding the fretboard and putting some oil, you can make this one smoother.

So, if you are ready to work on it a little, this highly reasonable option can turn into a good investment. Any guitar within its price range will hardly offer such features that eventually product fantastic sound like this.

Pros

  • Narrow neck for ease of playing.
  • Three pickups for better resonance capturing.
  • Five-way toggle switching.
  • Durable body construction.

Cons

  • Hard to control the volume and pickups.
  • The body finish isn’t that smooth.

Verdict

As you have read this far, I can surely tell you that now you have a better understating of the qualities of a best short scale electric guitar. Yet, as a recap, they are flawlessly constructed, best sound delivery and of course better pliability.

Whether you stick to my recommendation or not, I always recommend you ensure all of them before you invest in. Let me know your ideas about this in the comment box.

Ray D. Mille
 

My name is Ray D.Mille, and I've been playing guitar for 11 years. This is my site where I write about guitar gear.

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