The Ultimate Sizing Guide for String Instruments

This sizing guide is intended to give you a good idea of what instrument size you or your student should look for. Please consider that this guide is based on our best estimates, but we always recommend that you consult with us, or your teacher before purchasing or renting.

At Fiddlershop we care a lot about how our instruments are set up for them to sound the best. Equally important to the instrument itself, is how your instruments fits you. If you play on the wrong size violin, it might lead to pain, fatigue and injury. It also makes it harder to play. Thus, we have put together this guide for you.

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SIZING GUIDE FOR VIOLINS

How to measure for a violin:

Extend the arm fully, parallel to the floor. Measure from the neck to the middle of the palm. Watch our demo video for more exact directions. See chart for approximate sizing.

WATCH VIDEO
SIZE OF VIOLIN ARM MEASUREMENT AGE OF STUDENT
1/16 14" - 15.4" 3 - 4 YRS
1/10 15.5" - 17" 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 17.1" - 17.5" 5 - 6 YRS
1/4 17.6" - 20" 6 - 7 YRS
1/2 20.1" - 22" 7 - 8 YRS
3/4 22.1" - 23.5" 9 - 11 YRS
4/4 23.6"+ 11 - 13+ YRS

SIZING GUIDE FOR VIOLAS

How to measure for a viola:

Extend the arm fully, parallel to the floor. Measure from the neck to the middle of the palm. Watch our video for more exact directions. See chart for approximate sizing.

WATCH VIDEO
SIZE OF VIOLA ARM MEASUREMENT AGE OF STUDENT
12" 20.5" - 21.9” 7-9 YRS
13" 22” - 23.4” 9-11 YRS
14" 23.5” - 24.9” 11-14 YRS
15" 25" -25.9” 14+ YRS
15.5" 26" - 26.4” 14+ YRS
16" 26.5" - 26.9” 14+ YRS
16.5" 27”+ 14+ YRS

SIZING GUIDE FOR CELLOS

How to measure for a cello:

Sit at the end of the chair with your feet flat on the floor. Lean the cello at a 45 degree angle against your body. The top of the cello body, should rest in the center of your chest. The C peg should be slightly behind your left ear. Make sure you can reach both ends of the fingerboard easily. See chart for approximate sizing by age.

SIZE OF CELLO AGE OF STUDENT
1/10 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 5 - 6 YRS
1/4 6 - 8 YRS
1/2 8 - 10 YRS
3/4 10 - 12 YRS
4/4 12 - 13+ YRS

SIZING GUIDE FOR DOUBLE BASSES

How to measure for a double bass:

The 3/4 size double bass is the standard size for adults. 7/8 and 4/4 size basses are made, but less common. As a guideline, when you stand upright next to the bass, the bridge should be approximately at the same height as the large knuckles of your right hand. Most important is that you’re comfortable and can reach the higher registers without difficulty. See chart for approximate sizing by age.

SIZE OF BASS AGE OF STUDENT
1/16 3 - 4 YRS
1/10 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 5 - 7 YRS
1/4 7 - 9 YRS
1/2 9 - 13 YRS
3/4 13+ YRS
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Comments

Asa Holstein - February 9, 2019

Hi Roseanna!
Thank you!! The assessment is the same. If you for instance are playing on a 3/4 size violin, you will need a 3/4 size bow, and so on.

Thanks for asking!

Roseanna - February 9, 2019

Very informative video re Violin sizing. Is there a similar way of assessing what size Bow to use? Many thanks

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