The Left Handed Guitar Guide

Finding the Right Left Handed Guitar

Gibson 2017 guitars

At least 10% of us are left handed, so you’d expect that 10% of all guitars would be the same, but unfortunately, this is not the case. Announcing that you are a left handed guitarist is usually met with snorts of derision, or pity. Yes, we could learn right handed, or learn to play upside down, but that’s not quite the point. This is why at Dawsons, we’re trying to even the playing field (where we can).

In the following guide we’ll choose our favourite acoustics and electrics across three levels points – under 300, mid level and advanced. Hopefully it helps you out.

Entry Level

Squier Standard Stratocaster –  Antique Burst

We chose this particular Squier because, as a lefty, you can be restricted to, shall we say, the more pedestrian colourways when it comes to Strats and Teles. This, though, is a beauty and really looks the part, not to mention that it plays really nicely. Versatile, sturdy and cool.

Tanglewood Crossroads TWCR SFCE3

Acoustic guitars are arguably easier to find for lefties, at least that has been my experience. The Tanglewood Crossroads model is a brilliant electro acoustic, perfect for soloists and with a striking mahogany body. If longevity is one of your considerations when buying an instrument, then this guitar will suit you. It is built to last, and won’t necessitate you upgrading after a year or two playing.

Mid Level

Gretsch G5420 LH

For this section we were tempted to go with Fender Strat or Tele, but we stumped for something more striking, the Gretsch G5420LH. This gorgeous hollow body is perfect for the studio or the stage, so again, if you’re loyal to one guitar, this will work. It might scream Rockabilly, but it’s equally capable of creating tones for a multitude of genres.

Martin LX1EL – Little Martin Electro Acoustic

184 years of guitar know-how means that Martin know how to craft fantastic instruments. The Little Martin is the perfect travel sized guitar, and was made famous by Ed Sheeran prior to the release of his signature model (also available for lefties). This really great guitar has a big sound for its size and is perfect for lefties with smaller hands too.

Advanced

Gibson Les Paul Classic – Cherry Sunburst

In the splurge category, one can’t overlook the Gibson Les Paul as a machine of guitar perfection. This classic Cherry Sunburst model has a solid mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard and provides that 70s tone synonymous with the Les Paul. If you’re a professional or gigging musician, it’s difficult to look past this guitar.

Taylor 310CE-N Walnut

Us lefties are anything but an afterthought to the good people at Taylor. As such, they state that any of their guitars can be made as a Left Handed version for the same price.

This beautiful dreadnought guitar is deluxe. It has a tropical mahogany neck and a powerful profile with a crystal clear Taylor Expression System 2 electronics system. Perfect for live performances.

We do hope that this guide has given you some food for thought. As always, if you’ve read the blog and you need further advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch, we pride ourselves on great customer service and super knowledgable staff. You can see our full range of leftie guitars here