6 Best Left Handed Guitars

One of the most common questions that I get asked is, “where do left handed guitars come from?” The answer to that question, in a nutshell, is this: left handed guitars come from people playing them. The left-handed technique has been around for hundreds of years, but the left handed guitars date back only to the 1950s.

A left-handed person plays a left handed guitar with the guitar’s headstock pointing outwards on the left side of their body. The left-handed technique involves holding the left-handed guitar upside down so that you are essentially playing right-handed, albeit flipped 180 degrees around. If you were to play a right-handed guitar left-handed, it would be similar to the technique in reverse and cause left-handers some confusion.

The left-handed approach can also be more complex for left-handers playing a right-handed guitar than other left-handers because the strings are typically closer together than usual. If your hand is used to that spacing, it makes quick chord changes more difficult. Lefties aren’t left out when it comes to guitars; however, here’s a shortlist of brands that produce left-handed guitars:

PRS SE Zach Myers signature

This left handed guitar from PRS is a popular and budget-friendly option. Loaded with two humbucking pickups and a tremolo bridge for easy pitch bending, the left-handed Zach Myers signature model, is one of the best left-hand guitars on the market today.

PRS provides left handed guitar models of their SE line that look and play just like their high-end counterparts (which cost thousands more), such as the PRS Custom 24. With its simple control layout and light-gauge strings, this left-handed guitar makes it easy to get your fingers around those chords, even if you’re new to playing instruments or don’t have much experience under your belt.

You also get some excellent features such as active left-handed pickups and a PRS tremolo system that make this left-handed guitar the perfect option for the lefty guitarist on a budget.

Features

  1. Left-handed active pickups
  2. 24 fret maple neck
  3. Tremolo bridge
  4. Maple top/mahogany back combination
  5. Three left-handed volume controls
  6. Two left-handed tone controls
  7. left-handed tuners
  8. Finish: Cherry sunburst
Pros
  • Left-handed pickups.
  • Tremolo bridge for left-handed pitch bending.
  • Excellent maple top/mahogany combination.
  • Quality left-handed hardware.
Cons
  • Tuners can feel loose when playing hard.
  • No noise-canceling technology.

PRS SE Custom 24 lefty

PRS left handed guitars are known for their high-quality craftsmanship, playability, and sound. Because PRS left-hand models are made with lefties in mind (unlike some other guitars), the company typically puts two volume controls on the lefty models to make it easier to adjust your sound without contorting your hand too much while you’re playing. The SE Custom 24 is precisely what you’d expect from a PRS guitar: nice material selection, good tonewoods, and excellent hardware. However, unlike its higher-end cousins, which can cost thousands of dollars, the left-handed model will only set you back USD 1,100.

Features

  1. Maple top/mahogany back combination.
  2. Lefty tremolo bridge for pitch bending.
  3. Two volume controls (1 per pickup).
  4. Three tone controls.
  5. Lefty tuners.
  6. Finish: Cherry sunburst.
Pros
  • 2 volume knobs.
  • Use of the tone and volume knobs can be easy to reach.
  • Maple top/mahogany combination
Cons
  • Without noise-canceling technology.
  • There are no included strap buttons on lefty models, so you will have to buy them separately if you don’t already have a left-handed guitar strap.

Epiphone Left-Handed Les Paul Custom Pro

Epiphone Les Paul is a three-pickup left handed guitar with an ebony finish. Like the other lefty models on this list, it features active pickups which make your chords ring out even if you don’t have much experience playing instruments. With 2 volume controls and three-tone controls for both pickups, you can get some very nice sounds from this electric guitar (just like you would expect from any instrument by Gibson or Epiphone).

Features

  1. Three active pickups.
  2. Ebony finish.
  3. Two volume controls (1 per pickup).
  4. Three tone controls.
  5. Finish: left-handed ebony.
Pros
  • Three pickups.
  • Use of the tone and volume knobs can be easy to reach.
  • Lefty active pickups.
  • Quality hardware.
Cons
  • Some lefty players have reported that the pickups are a bit too active for their taste.

Fender Squier Classic Vibe ’70s Stratocaster HSS Left Handed Guitar

Squier Classic Vibe 70s Strat is a left handed guitar model based on the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards’ lefty guitar to record “Satisfaction.” With vintage-style tuners, vintage-style tremolo bridge, and vintage-style pickups (although they are only single coils), this left handed guitar has an authentic feel in your hands. You’ll find it in three color options: Black, Brown Sunburst, and Olympic White. It’s also available in right-hand versions if you want to play around with different styles.

Features

  1. Vintage-style tuners.
  2. Vintage-style tremolo bridge.
  3. Three single coils.
  4. Volume and tone control for each pickup and a master volume control.
  5. Finish: Black or Olympic white or Brown sunburst.
Pros
  • Three pickups.
  • Lefty single coils.
  • Lefty vintage-style tuners and tremolo bridge.
Cons
  • No noise-canceling technology.
  • The bridge is not adjustable.

Taylor 114ce-LH Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric 

Grand Auditorium body style is comfortable for singers as well as left handed guitar players. The 114ce LH is also designed to be a very high-end acoustic instrument which means that it might feel a little bit less forgiving than the more traditional looking left-handed guitars on this list.

Features

  1. Grand Auditorium body style.
  2. Three active pickups.
  3. Tone control and a two-band EQ for each pickup.
  4. Satin-finished mahogany neck with a slimmer profile and “split diamond” inlays on the ebony fretboard.
  5. Finish: Satin finish mahogany woodgrain.
Pros
  • It Looks like a traditional left-handed guitar.
  • (Ebony) the fingerboard is very lovely to play on.
  • Lefty active pickups with tone and volume controls per pickup.
  • 2 Band EQ for left-handed use.
Cons
  • Some lefties might find the neck a bit too slim and narrow.
  • The satin finish can sometimes be hard to maintain if you play your guitar every day.

Fender American Original ’60s Strat Left Handed Guitar

Fender’s American Original series was designed to provide an affordable way for left-handed players of all ages and budgets to get their hands on the USA-built Fender guitar. The pickups on this model are sand cast alnico five single coils, which sound great, but they can make the strings more microphonic if you like your overdrive sounds with lots of gains (which is something you want on a Stratocaster anyway).

Features

  1. Three single-coil sand cast Alnico 5 magnets.
  2. Five-position blade for pickup switch.
  3. Volume and two tone controls.
  4. Black plastic knobs and a three-ply mint green pickguard (with white pickup covers).
  5. Comes with a gig bag.
  6. Pickguard: mint green.
  7. Finish: Candy apple red, three-color sunburst, Olympic White, Seafoam green, Sonic blue.
Pros
  • Fantastic value for money if you’re on a budget or just starting as a guitarist.
  • Pickups sound great.
  • Comes with black plastic knobs.
  • Finish options are great for any lefty player.
Cons
  • The neck is not left-hand exclusive, so that it might be a little uncomfortable for some lefties.
  • It may feel a bit too plain to some other players that have been used to fancier finishes and pickups choices on high-end guitars.

Also read about Schecter Guitars.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are now more options than ever for buying a new or used left-handed guitar. Just walk into a guitar store, and you will be able to choose from high-quality, well-made left-handed guitars that are also more reasonably priced.
You can find some great options at all price points for the best left-handed electric guitars and acoustic guitars. If you're on a budget, there is no reason why you should need to spend thousands of dollars on new equipment when second-hand instruments (with warranty) start around USD 300 or less. You can save even more money if you buy used or vintage but make sure the instrument has not been abused by leaving it out in the rain as these can cause problems with any guitar.
Some models, such as the Fender left-hand model and the Gibson Les Paul Studio LH, may look like a traditional guitar, but there are other options available if you want to buy an instrument that looks more unique. Left-handed players will find that different types of guitars have distinct advantages over each other when it comes to tone, feel, and playability, so don't rule out anything until you've tried one for yourself.
No, you should not need to buy a specially made strap if you have a regular type of guitar. But make sure you adjust it correctly, so the weight is evenly distributed before you start playing. If you do want to buy one because you prefer it or because your current strap causes problems with left-handed players, ask yourself what you need it for and look at the different options available.
Left-handed models do not require modification, while some left-handed lefties may want to make small changes. If you are on a tight budget, this might be an option worth looking into before going out and buying new equipment. You can also add your strap locks - plus, they're replaceable if you happen to lose one!
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