We take a look at the 13 best left handed electric guitars that the lefties out there will love playing
Deciding which guitar is the right one for you can be a pretty big deal for some of us, especially if it is your first time buying, and it's even harder if you’re looking for left-handed electric guitars as they’re sometimes hard to come by. Our top 13 best Left-Handed Electric Guitar guide is here to make that decision a little easier for the lefties of the world. Bringing forward our best left-handed electric guitars and outlining the main features should hopefully ease the stress of finding your perfect new guitar.
Whether you're first time buyer or you're in the market for your 10th guitar, here’s 13 of our favourites to give you serious G.A.S!
1. Gibson Custom Shop Left Handed 58 Les Paul Standard Washed Cherry
If you’re a Gibson Les Paul lover, and you’re a left-handed player you’re in luck. A Gibson Custom Shop is probably the ultimate guitar anyway, but the fact the Gibson Custom Shop Left Handed 58 Les Paul Standard Washed Cherry is a reproduction of a 1958 Les Paul should set you drooling. This is one of the best left-handed electric guitars you could hope to come by thanks to the fact it’s packed with a set of Custom Bucker pickups to provide that classic Les Paul sound and recapture the essence of the original PAF humbuckers that were produced during the 1950s. These pickups combined with superb attention to detail regarding the construction of the body and period correct parts used make you feel like you’ve just stepped back in time!
2. Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro LH, Cherry Sunburst
If you can’t stretch your budget to the heights of a Custom Shop guitar, or you simply need a hard working Les Paul style guitar that won’t break the bank, then the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro LH is a great option.
You have a pair of Alnico-II Probucker pickups packed into a mahogany body with AAA flamed maple veneer top which ensures you have that delicate balance of rich low end and tight, chiming top end detail. A beautifully designed and crafted left handed electric guitar that pro level players rely on.
3. Gretsch G5420LH 2016 Electromatic Left-Handed, Orange Stain
If you’re a lover of the wide-open sound of a Gretsch hollowbody guitar (who isn’t?!) and you’re a leftie, the Gretsch G5420LH 2016 Electromatic Left-Handed pictured here in Orange Stain is one of our favourites.
Whether you’re a Rockabilly fan or hardcore Punk player, Blues or Country artist you’ll love the sound that emanates from the hollowbody construction and Filter’Tron™ humbucker pickups. One of the best left handed electric guitars in terms of price, playability and construction – this’ll last a lifetime.
4. PRS SE Custom 24 L/h Satin Quilt Stealth Ltd Edition
If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a PRS guitar, but you can’t quite stretch to the heights of the upper tier models, then the entirely affordable PRS SE Custom 24 L/h Satin Quilt Stealth Ltd Edition is a great option – especially if you’re a left-handed player who loves the heavier side of music. This is a limited-edition Satin Quilt Stealth model featuring a quilted maple top over a mahogany back with “Stealth” grey black finish which looks stunning. The HFS and Vintage Bass pickups provide all the fat tones you need, whether you’re playing blues or Thrash Metal!
5. Fender Player Stratocaster LH MN Polar White
The Fender Player Stratocaster LH MN Polar White replaces the Made In Mexico range, boasting a selection of improved specs like all new Player Series Single-Coil pickups and a Modern “C” Shape Maple neck for added comfort – especially useful whilst you’re learning to play guitar or when you’re 1 hour intro your headlines slot at Glastonbury! A 5-way pickup switch allows you to enjoy a range of tones by isolating or blending your pickups, ideal for a wide range of genres.
6. Fender American Professional Telecaster Ash LH MN, Blonde
Whilst we’re on the subject of classic guitars, we have to have the Fender American Professional Telecaster Ash LH MN, Blonde. This is the quintessential Telecaster featuring a classic 'Butterscotch Blonde' finish, Maple fretboard and black scratchplate.
The brand new V-Mod single-coil pickups mix alnico magnet types to produce a far more powerful tone than you’d normally find in a Tele and eliminating that annoying single-coil hum that can sometimes creep in, whilst retaining the classic Telecaster sound we’ve come to know and love. The treble bleed circuitry also ensures that you retain all the tonality of the guitar even when you’re turning your volume down. A must have guitar for the discerning performers and easily one of the best left-handed guitars.
7. G&L Tribute Legacy LH 3-Tone Sunburst Brazilian Cherry Fingerboard
Next up in our best left-handed electric guitars list is one of Leo Fender’s greatest creations, the G&L Tribute Legacy LH pictured here in 3-Tone Sunburst with Brazilian Cherry Fingerboard. The G&L range were the last musical instruments the legendary Leo Fender worked on and were the guitars he famously stated were the best guitars he had ever designed – so you know you’re in good company when you pick up one of these. You have 3 x G&L CLF-100 single coil pickups with Alnico V magnets packed into a basswood body, when combined produce the single coil tone you’d expect but with added resonance. You get all the crispy, jangly and quacky tones that you’d expect from the father of the Stratocaster.
8. Ibanez AS93FM Left Handed Artcore Expressionist, Violin Sunburst
The team at Ibanez create some of the best Jazz and hollow bodied guitars known to the musical world and the Ibanez AS93FM Left Handed Artcore Expressionist, Violin Sunburst is no exception. We think this is one of the best left-handed electric guitars thanks to the beautiful workmanship, superb tonewoods used and the fact you have 2 x Super 58 humbucker pickups to handle everything from crystal clears to blues-infused grit.
The budget friendly price tag makes it affordable for players of all levels whilst the sleek and comfortable neck ensures a comfortable playing experience that guitarists of all calibres will enjoy.
9. G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Lefty MN Natural
The G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Lefty MN Natural is Leo Fender’s last take on the traditional single cutaway guitar, and according to the man himself – his best. This hard-hitting blues and rock machine features a G&L AS4255C Alnico Humbucker Neck Pickup for sheer power as well as a Leo Fender Designed G&L MFD single coil bridge pickup (made in Fullerton, California USA). There’s a traditional boxed-steel bridge with individual brass saddles for tuning stability as well as 18:1 ratio tuning machines for precision as well as superior tonewoods such as a hard rock maple neck, maple fretboard and swamp ash body. This is a workhorse guitar waiting to be unleashed.
10. Schecter Omen Extreme-6 Left Handed, Black Cherry
The Schecter Omen Extreme-6 Left Handed, Black Cherry is designed for the left-handed shredders out there who lean more towards the heavy metal and hard rock side of the musical spectrum. The Tune-O-Matic bridge features a string through body design which offers superb transfer of string resonance to the body meaning your solos, chords and riffs really ring out clearly. The pair of Schecter Diamond Plus humbucking pickups are extremely powerful and really come alive when you partner them with a high gain amplifier or heavy distortion pedal. An awesome heavy metal guitar and quality left-handed electric guitar that won’t break the bank.
11. Rickenbacker 330 Left Handed Electric Guitar Fireglo
The Rickenbacker 330 Left Handed Electric Guitar in Fireglo is not only one of the best left-handed electric guitars but one of the most iconic electric guitars you’ll find on stage and in the studio. Used by the likes of the late Tom Petty, The Beatles and Oasis, you’re joining the ranks of some very important guitar players when you pick one of these up.
The maple body and neck combined with high-output Single Coil pickups provide that instantly recognisable Rickenbacker sound, but with a higher output to suit the needs of the modern musician.
The cool thing about the Rickenbacker 330 is the Blend Control Knob. This acts as a tone blender between the pickups whilst acting as a volume equaliser for the bass pickup so you can boost it to the heights of the treble pickup – a great idea!
12. Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Left Handed Guitar in Sunburst
The Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Left Handed Guitar in Sunburst is a limited-edition guitar designed to provide players with exceptional playability and vintage sound at an affordable price. At just over £300 you get a classic Strat style guitar at a fraction of the cost! A perfect option for first time players and experienced guitarists who might need a second guitar for around the home.
13. Gretsch Streamliner G2622LH Left Semi-Acoustic in Flagstaff Sunset
The Gretsch Streamliner G2622LH Left Semi-Acoustic in Flagstaff Sunset is another extremely affordable electric guitar that still offers players world class quality in terms of sound and construction. The Streamliner series feature Broad’Tron humbuckers which provide a higher output to cope with the demands of modern amplifiers – this really sings. A thin “U” shaped profile neck gives you an entirely comfortable playing experience and feels great whether you’re ringing out the big chords or playing huge leads!
Shop a full range of left-handed electric guitars over at PMT Online today or call in to your local PMT store to try one out for yourself. Have you seen a guitar you want, but it’s not a lefty? Speak to us on 0151 448 2089 or a member of our team in store and we can order it for you!