The Left Handed Guitar Guide
Finding the Right Left Handed Guitar
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.
We chose the Squier Affinity Stratocaster because not only does it cater to lefties, but boasts of of the classic Strat’ features such as heavenly playing feel, versatile tonal arsenal and robust playability. Everything that you could want at an affordable price – bargain!
Acoustic guitars are arguably easier to find for lefties, at least that has been my experience. The Fender CD-60S model is a brilliant acoustic, perfect for soloists and with a striking mahogany body and braced solid spruce top. 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.
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.
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.
In the splurge category, one can’t overlook the PRS 2018 SE Custom 24 as a machine of guitar perfection. This classic Tobacco Sunburst model has a solid mahogany body, maple fingerboard and provides lush tones synonymous with the high quality instruments. If you’re a professional or gigging musician, it’s difficult to look past this guitar.
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.
The beautiful Taylor 2017 114ce Walnut dreadnought guitar is amazing. It boasts premium tonewoods throughout with an gracefully carved neck and 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