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Pretty much. An alto guitar is designed to be tuned higher, usually to G or A I think, whereas a 1/2-size is meant for children and tuned normally... which results in floppy strings and a too-high action to try to stop them rattling, even if the quality of the guitar is OK - which it mostly isn't. The quality of average half-size kids' classicals is appalling, much worse than equivalent 3/4 sizes ones usually. But if you can find a half-decent one and tune it up higher it should be OK.
ToneControl said:I have an Alto guitar already, but just wondered about why people would not use 1/2 guitars insteadMine is an Aria AC85A, pretty good quality.
What's the neck like on yours? A 1/2-size generally has a very narrow neck (for small hands) too.