Newbie Series Part2 : Lefty Beginner Electric Guitars

Neal August 22, 2011 30

As I mentioned 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 an inexpensive 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. These guitars will all hold their value well as they are all from well known, respected brands. As a good rule of thumb, if you stick with big name brands it is hard to go wrong.

Enough talk! Show me the guitars!

Here’s the list so far, keep checking back as I plan on updating it periodically. The listed prices are assuming that you buy new, obviously you can take off 40-50% if going second-hand.  I have supplied links to each guitar so that you can take a look at current pricing.

Complete Packages Under $200

Although I don’t generally recommend beginner packages, sometimes it just has to be done if you are on a tight budget. A cheap guitar is better than no guitar! If you look carefully you should be able to find a full starter kit for as little as $100. The big names brands don’t really offer left handed starter kits, but your local store may be able to put together a special bundle for you.

  1. Various Left Handed Beginner Packages – link
  2. Sawtooth Beginner Kits – link
  3. SX Beginner Packages – link

Popular Left Handed Guitars Under $200

  1. ESP Ltd M-10 – link
  2. Squier Affinity Stratocaster – link
  3. Squier Affinity Telecaster – link

Popular Left Handed Guitars Under $300

  1. Agile AL Series Guitars – link link2
  2. ESP Ltd EC-50 – link
  3. ESP Ltd F-50 – link
  4. Ibanez GRG120 – link
  5. Jackson JS22L – link
  6. Squier Standard Stratocaster – link link2
  7. Yamaha Pacifica 112 – link

Popular Left Handed Guitars Under $400

  1. Epiphone G-400 Pro – link
  2. ESP Ltd EC-256FM – link
  3. Schecter Omen 6 – link
  4. Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster – link
  5. Squier Classic Vibe 50s Stratocaster – link
  6. Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster – link

Popular Left Handed Guitars Under $500

  1. Epiphone Les Paul Standard – link link2
  2. Fender Standard Stratocaster – link
  3. Fender Standard Telecaster – link
  4. Ibanez RG450 – link
  5. Vintage V100 Lemon Drop – link

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!

In my personal opinion, the best ‘bang for your buck’ guitars on this list are the Squier Classic Vibes. I have two of them myself and cannot recommend them enough – if your budget allows for it, these 3 should be high on your list of potentials.

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

30 Comments »

  1. Josh @ Fretterverse August 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Great post. My main jazz axe is an Epiphone. I really like what they've been coming out with the past few years. And I have my eyes on an Agile 8-string; I hear their stuff is very good, too!

    • LeftyFretz August 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Josh. I get asked on a daily basis what a good beginner lefty is, so hopefully this should save me some typing!

      If you do pick up one of the 8-strings I would be super interested to hear your thoughts, obviously it would cost me a lot to ship one across the pond. The only thing that concerns me is the almost 29" scale length! I don't have the biggest hands so i'm bit weary of them at the moment! :) There's even a guy on youtube who has one of the 8 strings in a 30" scale length, but I guess that's for righties only. Yikes!

  2. Jose August 15, 2010 at 10:20 am - Reply

    i'm really close to deciding which guitar to buy, i'm often getting discouraged by some righties and even left handed people ( in my local store) to start with right-handed. but i'm really leaning towards left handed, would a left-handed fender stratocaster (new) going for $500 be a good starter guitar?

    • LeftyFretz August 15, 2010 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Hi Jose. A real Fender would give you a perfect start to learning guitar. The idea behind my newbie guide was to help people avoid getting a poor first guitar, but your Fender would be a notch above the choices I gave here. You didn't mention which model you were looking at, but I assume it will be something along the lines of a Mexican Strat with 3 single coil pickups? I don't know what styles you want to learn but just keep in mind that single coils aren't neccesarily the best choice for heavy rock. As such, the Fender wouldnt be the MOST versatile if you want to dabble into heavy metal and the like… :)

      I'd recommend you read my guide ( http://leftyfretz.com/should-i-learn-guitar-right… ) to help cement which way you want to play in your head, sounds as if you are still dithering a little! Good luck!

  3. Jose August 15, 2010 at 11:56 am - Reply

    i'm thinking about this one http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Standard-Strat… ; i'm wondering if this one of good enough to last me through basic learning to advanced playing of multiple styles (blues, classic, metal, alternative). I want to know if it would last me through the years for whatever I would be playing? thanks in advance

    • LeftyFretz August 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Something like that would last you potentially your entire guitar playing career. It's a great guitar and what a fantastic price, here in the UK we'd probably pay near double that.

      Like I said, the single coils aren't the best suited to heavier music like heavy metal. But that is something you can change at a later date if you decided to. For heavier music you ideally want a humbucker in the bridge position at least, but you can get mini-humbuckers that will fit in your Fender as well. You can also buy fully wired replacement pickguards. It's not really something to worry about too much right now.

      You'll find that most players have a Fender Strat in their collection anyway so it's a great guitar to have. I have a strat which I use for clean, country, blues, rock etc.. Then I have another guitar with humbuckers that I use for heavier stuff.

      But yeah, you can't go wrong with Fender, it will make an excellent first guitar.

  4. Anonymous September 14, 2010 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Hi dude, I’m just wondering where can I check the available colours for the Yamaha Pacifica 112L?

    Thanks.

    • LeftyFretz September 14, 2010 at 9:52 am - Reply

      It's available in Yellow Natural Satin (the natural finish shown above) or black, it's most common in YNS. Your best bet is probably to check eBay.

  5. CM September 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    HI,what do you think of Ibanez as73 for a first guitar? thanks

  6. Tim San 55 December 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Adding to the list of guitars here, I would also recommend the Squier Affinity left hand Telecaster copy, I just bought one and it is great.

    • Neal December 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      Absolutely – I’ll need to give this series a bit of a refresh soon! :)

  7. Rooney September 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Hey I’m a beginner lefty and I was wondering if the epiphone lp 100 is any good?
    Also I’m planning on buying a Marshall 100W dfx amp…again opinions on this. I’m 14 if this helps

  8. Pranshu December 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    What About a Cort X-2 Lefty? It’s a Versatile economic guitar with good tones.

  9. james January 2, 2013 at 11:25 am - Reply

    im a lefty and my friend has a bc rich vg1 and i love it, he got it for under 300.00 new but they dont makem for a left handed guy, is there anything thats close to it in sound / specs for the 300.00 and under price range for a lefty? thanks

    • Neal January 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      If you’re in the States try contacting David at Xtreme Lefty Guitars. They quite often commission small runs of otherwise unavailable BC Rich guitars. He might have something in the pipeline. http://xlguitars.com/products-page/bc-rich-guitars/

  10. Anne Marie March 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I fell in love with the Jaxville Hades electric guitar and wanted it, I am left handed and they only do right handed ones in the Hades guitar. So unfair as it is the one I really wanted.

  11. Alvin October 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Great article, but it might be helpful to say a few words about lefties making the transition to guitar from bass, like I may look to do at some point. I play a Fender Jazz and a Martin Acoustic, and may look at getting a guitar. Any good lefty suggestions for making that jump?

  12. S Wolf March 30, 2014 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Great article. I play a Squier Affinity Strat – it’s not fancy, but it sure does its job. I’d like to get another one at some point, but it’s definitely a quality instrument.

    I think Agile is really neat because they make lefty 7-, 8-, and 12-strings at great prices, but I like to try guitars out before I decide to buy one, and I can’t find them in stores. Anyone know where I can find one in New York?

  13. Paul August 12, 2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

    epiphone doesn’t make the les paul 2 for lefties anymore :( why?

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