As I said in part one of this series of guides, you really don’t want to get a cheap first guitar just to save a few bucks. The advantages to buying a cheaper guitar are FAR outweighed by the disadvantages.
This list comprises a number of quality guitars that are still reasonably priced. Any one of them will make a fantastic first guitar and should give you the best possible introduction to your new hobby. I think £200/$300 is a good budget in order to ensure we get something respectable, so all of these guitars weigh in at under this price. Obviously they can be had for much less second hand. These guitars will all hold their value well as they are all from well known, respected brands.
Enough talk! Show me the guitars!
Here’s the list so far, keep checking back as I plan on updating it periodically.
Yamaha Pacifica 112 Left Handed Guitar
My first decent quality guitar! The Yamaha Pacifica was designed by Yamaha’s USA team, primarily by ex-Ibanez designer Rich Lasner, the 112 first appeared in 1993 and not only overtook all previous (and subsequent) Pacifica models in terms of sales, it actually proved a benchmark for quality and specification. The Pacifica 112 is not only the perfect start-up guitar for the serious student, but also a solid, reliable choice whatever your age or ability.
New From : £145 / $?
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Left Handed Guitar
What’s so special about the Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar? The super-low price for starters and that’s not all. It gives you all the essential elements of a Les Paul. Made with a mahogany body, bolt-on mahogany neck, smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, this baby is every bit as handsome as its uptown cousins. Features 700T/650R open-coil humbucking pickups that deliver long, singing sustain and true Les Paul tones. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing easier.
New From : £120 / $184
Vintage Left Handed Guitars in General
This one’s probably only for European guitar players as this UK brand will be hard to get a hold of in the USA. Vintage is a brand that is gaining huge momentum in Europe for the quality of their guitars so buy them now before they explode in price! In particular check out their V100 Les Paul style guitar, I have one and love it! If you don’t want a Les Paul style guitar they also do Strat and Tele styles which are equally as good.
New From : £165 / $?
Agile Left Handed Guitars in General
Ok, so I’ve given one Euro exclusive brand, now let’s take care of you Westerners. USA brand Agile is probably America’s equivalent to Vintage guitars and make some absolutely stunning guitars at great prices. Living in the UK I have not personally had a chance to try Agile, but the reviews speak for themselves, these things are killer! One to look out for is the AL-2000 Les Paul style model.
New From : £? / $225
Squier Affinity Left Handed Guitar
The Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar has a proud heritage and a sweet price. The contoured solid alder body is the same world-renowned style that fuelled the fires of Hendrix, Clapton, SRV, and thousands more. Pure vintage tone comes pounding out of 3 biting single-coil pickups, taking on flavor from a classic rocking tremolo and 5-way switching. Genuine die-cast tuners provide unprecedented tuning stability in this price range. The headstock is the classic ’70s “big” style. The maple neck plays fast and feels great. When you trade up, your Affinity Series Strat will be worth far more than any no-name copy.
If you absolutely must have the Fender logo on your first guitar, you may be able to pick up a used Mexican Strat/Tele for under our £200 budget.
New From : £140 / $180
Epiphone SG G-310 Left Handed Guitar
The Epiphone G-310 SG Electric Guitar is an axe that delivers everything from warm distortion to all-out scream. Crafted with alder body, bolt-on mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay. Also has chrome LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing, and LockTone tuners.
New From : £170 / $265
Left Handed Guitar Kits
Here’s the best piece of advice you may gain on this page; do not buy a guitar kit! Some reputable brands make half decent guitar bundles for righties…lefties not so much! The only one that comes to mind off the top of my head is the bundle put together by Squier. It would not be a total waste of money.
If you feel I’ve missed any out leave a comment and I will add it to the list. As I said I will be continually updating this guide.
Any one of these will make a great starter guitar, but obviously if you are willing to drop a little more coin then things can only get better!
Part One : Important Tips Before You Buy
Part Two : Beginner Electric Guitars
Part Three : Beginner Acoustic Guitars
Part Four : Beginner Bass Guitars
Part Five : Amps
Part Six : Effects
Part Seven : Accessories
Part Eight : Lessons