What are the things you carry in your pocket? What are the possibilities?
Phone, wallet, keys, earphones, snacks for when you get hungry, pens, tiny books and guitars.
Yes, you read that right. Guitars. Yes, it’s a little crazy but not that much.
Now, if you’re an aspiring musician or a super cool rockstar, the one thing that people from either side of the spectrum have to do is to practice.
No matter how good you get at playing the guitar, it’s important to maintain dexterity. If you lose that, you’ve lost a chunk of your musical skill.
Before we dive into the various rad pocket guitars available in the market today, let’s look into what it is?
- Our Top Picks
- 1. WoGod Portable Pocket Guitar - Best Overall Pick
- 2. Zebra 6 Fret Pocket Guitar – Best Beginners Guitar
- 3. Amoon Pocket Acoustic Guitar – Best Compact Guitar
- 4. OIBTECH Pocket Guitar – Most Affordable Pocket Guitar
- 5. Yamaha SLG200S Silent Guitar – Best Electric-Like Guitar
- 6. ElecGuru Portable Wooden Pocket Guitar – Best Travel Pocket Guitar
- 7. Jinli Pocket Guitar – Best Affordable Pocket Guitar (Runners Up)
- 8. Ohuhu Pocket Guitar – Best Practice Tool
- 9. ELENKER Pocket Guitar – Best Durable Pocket Guitar
- Pocket Guitar Buying Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions About Pocket Guitars
What is a Pocket Guitar?
We’ve all seen minivans, tiny handbags, small dictionaries, mini lipsticks. If you notice, all though they have shrunk in size– they still perform, more or less, the same function as their blown-up versions. A minivan will still help with transport, a tiny handbag will still carry your things, a small dictionary will still provide you with meanings of words that you don’t know, and a mini lipstick with still act like a lipstick.
It’s not very different for the pocket guitar.
It’s basically a “honey! I shrunk our kids” version of an acoustic-electric guitar.
What it really helps with is traveling.
When you’re on the road or even on a plane, a pocket guitar is handy.
How on a plane?
Well, these guitars are practice guitars. They are to help you with practicing chords, dexterity and improving skills. Pocket guitars don’t really produce the kind of sound you would expect from an actual guitar. Isn’t that cool?
Now that we have a fair idea of what a pocket guitar is and what we could possibly use it for, let’s get into it!
Here’s a list of our top picks from the array of pocket guitars available in 2020.
Our Top Picks
- Our Best Overall Pick: WoGod Portable Pocket Guitar
This is an all-rounder. Works really well for both beginners and professionals!
- Best Beginners Guitar : Zebra 6 Fret Pocket Guitar
Love the look of this Pocket Guitar. Even the case looks nice. It’s very user-friendly. Went from beginner level to intermediate on Zebra 6 Fret Pocket Guitar in a few weeks…
- Best Compact Guitar: Amoon Pocket Acoustic Guitar
Didn’t think you could adjust and fix your pocket guitar. Love this one because it comes with a hexagonal wrench. A cool feature to have for a Pocket Guitar.
- Most Affordable Pocket Guitar: OIBTECH Pocket Guitar
One of the cheapest pocket guitars out there. It’s so worth the price. Quality hasn’t fallen because of how affordable it is. Great purchase!
- Best Electric-Like Guitar: Yamaha SLG200S Silent Guitar
Makes going back to the electric guitar so much easier because the Yamaha SLG200S has 22 frets! That’s the convenience of practicing on this Pocket guitar.
- Best Travel Pocket Guitar: ElecGuru Portable Wooden Pocket Guitar
I’ve carried this pocket guitar even to the washroom. It’s so light, you can’t feel the weight on your shoulders while carrying it. It’s addictive. Can’t stop practicing on this.
- Best Affordable Pocket Guitar (Runners Up): Jinli Pocket Guitar
The frame opens and closes! You can make this pocket guitar fit into your pocket and then stretch it out to practice. It’s a smart buy. It’s affordable too!
- Best Practice Tool: Ohuhu Pocket Guitar
I’ve learnt to play the acoustic guitar so well because of the chord book that comes with this pocket guitar. It’s the best pocket guitar for beginners.
- Best Durable Pocket Guitar: ELENKER Pocket Guitar
Haven’t bought a new pocket guitar in 2 years now. Elenker Pocket guitar has been through thick and thin with me. It’s one durable guitar!
The WoGod portable pocket guitar is one of the rad-dest ones out there. If you’re looking to practice and enhance your guitar playing skills, this should be the one.
WoGod is a god which helps you with your finger exercise. It helps with picking up speed and helps a ton with finger coordination. If you’ve recently learnt to play the guitar, you would have noticed that it’s extremely hard to memorize the chords and to shift from one chord to another. Especially if you’ve learnt to play the guitar by yourself.
If you’re devoted to learning the guitar and mastering it, you don’t have to carry around your big, expensive guitar. You can just practice on this!
Portable or travel guitars are different from pocket guitars but they more or less perform the same function.
So if you’re in a metro or bus and can’t stop thinking about getting home and practicing on the guitar, this really does solve the problem.
The WoGod does have strings that resemble an actual electric guitar but the strings are so thin that they produce a very little sound.
This pocket guitar is light-weight. It’s made of heavy-duty plastic; which helps you carry it around anywhere. Also, it’s super affordable.
The strings give you the feeling of a real electric guitar, so you won’t have a problem with switching from this to that.
The WoGod has 4 frets which make it perfect to practice on.
It does not come with a guide on how to efficiently use the guitar. It does come with a case! It keeps the pocket guitar in good shape and keeps the guitar functioning for a long time.
The WoGod has helped a lot with improving dexterity. As the name suggests, it’s portable so you don’t have to think about carrying a big guitar, especially to places where you can’t play the electric guitar. It’s affordable and it serves its purpose!
- It’s so quiet, you can practice it anywhere.
- Made with heavy-duty plastic. It’s good quality.
- Comes with a case.
- It’s the perfect finger exerciser.
- Portable and light-weight.
- Does not come with an instruction guide.
- It can’t be tuned.
Now, this guitar is an auxiliary tool. It can’t produce the sound of an acoustic guitar but–
It’s super compact and lightweight.
The frame of the guitar is made with Mahogany and it looks quite beautiful. It’s made with plastic that has high-strength. It’s super durable.
The strings are made of steel, giving it the real-guitar feel.
Also, the Zebra 6 fret pocket guitar’s strings have the right distance from each other. Just like the acoustic one.
Oh, you can also slide the fret section in and out of the guitar, that’s why it’s so compact.
It’s an amazing choice for beginners. If you’re looking to practice to improve speed and changing chords faster, then the Zebra 6 fret pocket guitar should be your first choice.
The guitar comes with 6 frets, which is not a common feature in pocket guitars. Gives you more flexibility while practicing and switching from frets. That’s another hurdle most beginners have to cross. Quick fret-changing skills.
Initial problems while learning the guitar are how to change frets quickly while keeping up with the rhythm. This 6 fret guitar really helps with building on that skill. The strings are made of steel, making it easy to practice on; once you switch from your acoustic to pocket. Also, we’re all looking for durable pocket guitars and this one is!
- It’s super durable.
- Great look.
- Highly user-friendly. Beginners, this one’s for you!
- Comes with a cool case.
- Can’t produce the same sound as an acoustic guitar.
This miniature guitar is durable and will come in handy for your musical moments whether you are in a cafe or sitting by the window on a sunny day. It is made of sturdy plastic and the fretboard is made of Rosewood to provide it with a stylistic edge. It looks pretty cool!
It is perfect for travellers as it is super compact. However, it is a little bit more expensive than your usual pocket guitars.
The strings are finely made and the sound is warm and light. You surely won’t get complaints from your sleepy-head flatmate.
While the price tag might make you think twice, the quality definitely makes up for it. Plus, you get a blue carry bag and a hexagonal wrench.
It’s the quality of the guitar. The Amoon Pocket guitar looks so sleek and the strings are strong. It comes with a hexagonal wrench; which is a tool needed by most guitars. So not only can you use it for your pocket guitar, but you can also use it to fix your acoustic one. It’s also so easy to handle and carry around.
- Super compact. Helps with improving finger exercising and dexterity.
- Comes with a hexagonal wrench and a case!
- A good, high-quality pocket guitar.
- A little more expensive than the rest.
No, seriously this is a super affordable pocket guitar. You can buy this guitar even when you’re on the verge of going broke (at the end of the month I mean).
The OIBTECH is super ergonomic. What that means is it has great efficiency and is very comfortable to work with.
The guitar is so light, you can carry it to the airport and not worry about paying extra money for baggage.
Like the Zebra 6 fret guitar, this one has 6 frets too. It helps with switching and practicing on different frets. The extension of two frets can retract back into the guitar. That’s so cool, right?
The strings on this guitar are super thin. It produces bare minimum sound, which is what you need out of a pocket guitar.
You could possibly sit in a library and practice on the OIBTECH, and no one will hush you.
The guitar is so tiny, you can carry it anywhere without having to make a lot of room for it; in your bag. So the next time you’re on your way to a band practice session or a fun meet-up with your friends, you can practice on your way. It really helps with improving speed and it fits right into your hand.
- Small, compact pocket guitar. Carry it in your pocket, quite literally.
- Super ergonomic. It’s very efficient.
- Six frets and six strings. Just like an acoustic guitar. Easy to switch.
- Super affordable.
Affordability always gets me. With the kind of quality you get, it’s really a steal deal. Also, the fact that it has 6 frets and 6 strings is what you should ideally look for if you’re trying to translate your practice on the pocket guitar to the acoustic.
- Small, compact pocket guitar. Carry it in your pocket, quite literally.
- Super ergonomic. It’s very efficient.
- Six frets and six strings. Just like an acoustic guitar. Easy to switch.
- Super affordable.
- The gap between the fretboard and strings. Easy for beginners to learn on but needs adaptability.
The Yamaha SLG200S Silent Guitar has 22 frets. Now, you may wonder, how in the world is this a pocket guitar?
Well, guess what?
It has a fully collapsible body. It is a proper functioning electric-acoustic guitar.
The technology that Yamaha uses provides a full body resonance. What this means is that you can get the dreadnought sound of the electric guitar without having to care about the size and the weight of an actual electric guitar.
The Yamaha SLG200s body is made with Mahogany. Frankly, Mahogany wood gives such a classy look to the guitar. The strings are made of steel.
All you need is a laptop or a guitar amp and you can play this pocket guitar like an electric-acoustic guitar. If you’re looking to play this is a quiet place, that doesn’t allow you to headbang to the sound of your guitar, you can choose the silent option.
The only problem that has been reported with the guitar is that a couple of notes together, it produces an unnecessary pop sound. It also requires much more tuning than other pocket guitars.
The Yamaha SLG200S is your travel partner! It barely takes up any space. Also, how cool is the fully collapsible feature? That’s one reason why this guitar is so different from the rest.
- Super slim.
- Portable- carry it anywhere.
- Detachable frame. Reduces the size of the guitar.
- Quieter than most electric-acoustic guitars.
- 22 frets. More practice!
- Comes with necessary accessories.
- Popping sound while playing multiple notes together.
The ElecGuru Portable Wooden Pocket Guitar is made of really good quality materials. The wood shell is super durable. It’s also very lightweight. So, even though the guitar may look fragile and you may experience a mini panic-attack if you drop it. Don’t you worry, it’s a sturdy one.
This pocket guitar is highly ergonomic. The design, the look, the feel and the kind of efficiency it provides is great!
What’s cool about this guitar is that it’s around 45 cms when it’s opened and reduces to almost half, around 25 cms when closed.
That’s what makes it an amazing travel partner.
The guitar comes with 6 frets, which contributes to its functionality. You can use this pocket guitar to its full potential and practice to become a pro!
Another cool feature about the ElecGuru Portable Wooden Pocket guitar is that it comes with a warranty; provided by ElecGuru. It’s affordable but in any case, you have a warranty, which is great.
It’s simple. It got me at ergonomic design. It’s also super light and affordable. It comes with a warranty. The ElecGuru helps to improve picking and strumming skills and improve dexterity, this pocket guitar is your gateway.
Did I mention, it comes with a warranty. That’s pretty rad.
- Ergonomic design and functionality.
- 6 fret pocket guitar.
- Good quality wood shell
- Comes with a warranty.
- You can gift this to your fellow musician friend.
- Does not come with any other additional features.
You’re in for an absolute treat if you get the Jinli Pocket Guitar. It’s the runners up for ‘Best Affordable Guitar’.
It’s a tiny, retractable pocket guitar that will fit into any pocket.
Again, this pocket guitar has 6 frets and 6 strings. It’s ideal to get a pocket guitar with 6 strings because once you’re done practicing on your pocket guitar, it’ll always be super easy to start playing on the acoustic or electric guitar. Won’t be too much of a change from the pocket guitar to the acoustic one.
The strings are sturdy and ergonomic. It’s so comfortable to use.
Also, it emits a very little sound so you can practically play this anywhere; without missing out on practice time.
The fret-board is made of premium-quality Rosewood and it looks incredible!
Even the design is ergonomic.
Because of its design, it makes it so much easier to play on the Jinli Pocket guitar. For what it’s worth, the quality of the Jinli Pocket guitar is remarkable. It definitely helps with reducing hand fatigue buildup.
One problem you might face with the Jinli Pocket Guitar is that sometimes it doesn’t emit any sound. But hey, it’s super affordable and does its job just right.
It’s so affordable! For the kind of quality you receive, it’s so worth the money you spend. Also, the ergonomic design truly comes to so much help. You can seriously reduce the strain on your fingers while practicing on the Jinli Pocket Guitar. It helps with improving your speed, for sure.
- Super durable.
- Retractable and easy to travel with
- Got a great price on it!
- Ergonomic design. Perfect to practice on.
- 6 frets and 6 strings.
- So quiet, you probably won’t be able to hear it.
If you’re on your way to mastering the acoustic guitar, the Ohuhu is ideal for it.
This pocket guitar produces small, barely noticeable noise which can help you practice at any given time of the day. Whether you’re traveling in public transport or even in a cab, you can easily whip this guitar out of your bag and work on your fingering skills and improve your chord changing skills.
The strings on the Ohuhu Pocket Guitar are very similar to the strings on the acoustic guitar. So don’t worry about how you’re going to switch from a pocket guitar to any other.
What’s great about the Ohuhu Pocket guitar is that it comes with a chord chart. You can practice changing chords on this super well. It’s just the right tool for it.
The chord chart comes with a list of basic chords that you can practice on the Ohuhu Pocket guitar. So, beginners, this one should work for you!
It’s safe to say that the guitar is close to weightless. What else could you want? It doesn’t take up the strain of carrying the guitar in your hand and helps you focus on the actual skill; rather than how to carry it while playing it, kind of problems.
The only problem you could have with the Ohuhu’s Pocket guitar is that it’s not as compact as other pocket guitars. But hey, guess what?
It comes with a handy case that you can carry around, wherever you go!
Even though this one is a little bigger in size, it still is considered as a pocket guitar because of how easy it is to use and carry around. With the Ohuhu, you can master changing chords, especially because it comes with a perfect guide. It’s the perfect improving speed positioning.
- Thin strings, makes just the right amount of sound.
- Comes with a chord chart- perfect for beginners.
- Comes with a protective case.
- Durable and sturdy.
- A little bigger than most pocket guitars.
Last but not the least, we have the ELENKER Pocket Guitar. Elenker is a pretty famous brand and let’s just say that they have done a great job with making this pocket guitar.
You won’t be able to stop yourself from practicing on it. It’ll probably annoy everyone around you because it does become an extension of you.
The best part about this pocket guitar is that it’s super durable. It’s made of good quality plastic material which makes it not that affordable but comes with extremely good quality.
The shell is sturdy and strong, so you don’t have to worry about replacing it anytime soon. It’s here to stay.
The strings are super thin so go on, practice this anywhere you want. It won’t bother anyone around you.
The design is ergonomic, making it very comfortable to practice on.
It has 4 frets which will help you learn the ropes pretty well.
I mean, think about it, it’s durable, ergonomic and compact. This is what you need in a pocket guitar.
A problem that you might have with this one is that the strings get pretty loose and there’s no extra aid or tool to help tighten it. So, what it does best is help with improving dexterity and increasing speed and agility on the guitar.
When we are looking to buy a new pocket guitar, I’m sure all of us want to buy a good one that we won’t have to replace within a year to two. Well, this one is so durable that it stays with you; till the end of time. It’s compact, durable and gets you addicted to staying on it and practicing till your heart’s content.
- Extremely durable.
- Made with good quality plastic.
- Ergonomic design. Very comfortable to practice on.
- Great gifting idea.
- A little more expensive than other pocket guitars.
- Strings can get loose. There’s no way to tighten them.
Pocket Guitar Buying Guide
Here are some of the things you should consider before choosing a pocket guitar.
Before you dive into buying a pocket guitar, it’s essential that you keep a budget in mind. There are so many pocket guitars – all with different prices on them – so don’t worry about whether you’ll get a good pocket guitar or not.
You will, for sure. What you have to keep in mind; is the budget. No matter how low or high your budget is, there is a pocket guitar available for you.
Another important thing you should look into, before buying a pocket guitar for yourself, or even gift, is to see the kind of design it has.
There are so many pocket guitars available in the market, with an array of designs to choose from. Pick the design that suits your needs best!
There are multiple ergonomic guitars available, that will help you adapt to the pocket guitar in a jiffy.
Keeping your budget in mind, you can always get the design of your choice.
Whether you’re looking for more than 4 strings or a bigger fretboard, it’s all there. Look carefully into the design before buying!
A lot of brands that make acoustic and electric guitars don’t really make pocket guitars. So, the brands that you associate most with, when it comes to good quality instruments, won’t really have a pocket guitar that you could buy from a brand that you trust with your eyes closed.
That’s one major problem most pocket guitar buyers have. They never know which brand to resort to.
What you should keep in mind is the kind of quality and price assured to you. Some brands even give out warranty with the pocket guitar, like the ElecGuru Portable Pocket Guitar.
The thing is, most pocket guitars are pretty affordable and durable. So you don’t have to worry about buying new pocket guitars every year or 2. Pocket guitars are best to practice on and if the brand helps with that purpose, then you’re good to go.
Some of the unheard, underdog brands come out with super cheap and durable pocket guitars. So don’t worry too much about the brand. Pick what fits your purpose!
Frequently Asked Questions About Pocket Guitars
1. What is a finger exerciser?
This is literally a workout for your fingers. If you’re looking to improve finger dexterity, the pocket guitar comes very handily.
If you’re a beginner, you can start with practising various notes on one fret and move up the fretboard. Moving up the fretboard doesn’t mean you’re moving up the difficulty level of playing. It only means that you can now start to learn how to switch from one fret to another without twisting your fingers.
For musical pros, you know what it does! Once you’ve got the hang and feel for the strings and fretboard, you need to master it. A pocket guitar will help you exercise your fingers, and make you really good at what you do!
2. Does the no sound feature help with a Pocket Guitar?
Yes! The whole point of a pocket guitar is to practice what you have been on the acoustic/electric guitar. You can fit this guitar in your pocket, as the name suggests, and play this literally anywhere. Take it to the library, a crowded bus or practise at odd hours. Nobody will ever complain. The strings are really thin, produces a faint sound. The best part is, you’ll get the feel of an acoustic guitar!
3. Do I need a 4 fretboard or a 6 fretboard?
If you’re a musical champ, you can do with a 4 fret. The point of the pocket guitar is to improve dexterity. If you’ve already got the hang of the strings and frets, then, you don’t need a 6 fretboard because you have a pretty good memory of the acoustic.
With beginners, you will need to adjust to both the instruments. Although the pocket guitar is like an acoustic/electric, it is much smaller in size. To really get hands-on practice on both; without having to learn new skills every time you switch from pocket to acoustic, a 6 fretboard makes sense to invest in.
4. How long will my pocket guitar last for?
Pocket guitars are super durable. Most of them, at least the ones listed out before, is made of sturdy and ergonomic materials. The frame is strong and the strings can withstand years of practice. Don’t worry about buying a pocket guitar every few months. If your pocket guitar comes with a case, then you’re good to go!
5. What is a hexagonal wrench?
A hexagonal wrench or Allen wrench is a tool to fix your guitar. What it does is, it fixes back loose nuts or bolts back into the guitar. It keeps the pocket guitar functional for a long time and you can fix your own guitar without taking it to a professional; every time you pocket guitar gets a little flimsy.
Keep in mind, only a few pocket guitars are fixable like this. Not all pocket guitars come with a hexagonal wrench.
Isn’t it cool that you can walk around with a guitar in your pocket! You can build on your guitar playing skills and never lose touch of practicing on the strings with a pocket guitar. Like I said, whether you’re a pro at the guitar or just a beginner, the pocket guitar is a great investment. Happy shopping!