Before talking about specific recommendations, let’s chat a bit about why gender matters. First, there is no such thing as a “girl guitar.” However, your ability to play the guitar depends on how comfortable the instrument is for you to hold. Also, you must be able to reach the frets easily.
Small physical differences like the strength of your back and wrists, and the radius of your fingers, can make a huge difference. Therefore, certain electric guitars will be more comfortable for a girl guitar player than others.
Because girls tend to have a slightly smaller build, smaller hands, and narrower fingers than most guys, they should choose a guitar that accommodates those traits. An electric guitar with a light body weight, narrow neck, good balance, and narrow frets will be more comfortable to play.
Exceptions are important. One size definitely does not fit all. For example, if you have longer fingers, you may opt for an electric guitar that has wider frets or a wider neck. The best way to find the optimal combination is to go to your local instrument shop and try some guitars out. Strap them on and play for a bit to see how each style feels compared to others.
Now let’s discuss some specific electric guitars that are designed in a way that might be optimal for girl guitar players.
The Fender Telecaster has a light body weight and narrow neck that most girls would find accommodating. It also tends to balance well when hanging from a strap. Telecasters have a slightly twangy sound that is perfect for blues, country, and classic rock sounds.
Ibanez Mikro GRGM21 and GRGM51HP
The Ibanez Mikro line has a shorter 22 inch neck and smaller frets to fit a girl guitar player’s small hands or playing in cramped areas. This is a great guitar for younger players. Ibanez electric guitars have a fat, well-rounded Stratocaster sound that is very versatile. Great for metal, rock, jazz, or punk sounds.
Jackson JS1 Dinky
The Jackson Dinky series welcomes a narrower grip and has a shorter overall length than other Jackson guitars. Frets, however, run a bit larger than some other electric guitars mentioned here. Jackson electrics are perfect for ripping out metal riffs.
B.C. Rich SE Dagger Semi Hollow
This guitar has looks that kill, and will comfortably fit in the hands of a girl guitar player. The overall length is shorter than many electric guitars, and the semi-hollow body makes it lighter to hold. A Goth-girl’s dream guitar.
Take some time and pick out a guitar that you’ll be happy with for a long time. The better it feels in your hands or hanging around your neck, the more often you will play it. Choose wisely.