Newbie Series Part 4 : Lefty Beginner Bass Guitars

Neal June 8, 2011 20

So you want to learn bass guitar huh? Let’s see if I can get you started…

This article lists a number of quality beginner bass guitars that are still reasonably priced and should give you a solid introduction to your new hobby.  As a good rule of thumb, if you stick with big name brands it is hard to go too far wrong. If you are buying for a child or would prefer a smaller guitar, check out my post on 3/4 sized left handed guitars.

As a beginner there really isn’t a lot you need to ponder over. Seriously. Types of woods used, number of frets, types of tuners – these are really non-issues for now. Just buy something (preferably from the list below) that you like the looks of and dive in. But just before we start looking at the basses, there are a couple of things you might like to consider…

Bass Guitar AnatomyNumber of Strings

Your traditional bass guitar will generally have 4 strings tuned EADG from low to high.  Bass guitars are available with 5, 6 or even more strings, but if you are starting out it is generally recommended to begin with a 4-string model.

Long, Medium or Short Scale?

Bass Guitar Scale LengthA standard 4-string bass generally has a 34 inch scale length (the distance between the nut and the bridge), however many other sizes are available. If you are a younger player you may find it easier to begin on a shorter scale length model (generally 30 inches or less) before graduating to a 34 inch or higher bass later on. Likewise, someone with smaller hands might find a short-scale bass easier to get on with.

There is a difference in tone between basses of different scale lengths, but at this early stage it isn’t going to be a big deal. If you decide to go for a smaller bass you can also check out my guide to 3/4 Size Left Handed Bass Guitars.

Here are a few great beginner bass models for the aspiring lefty bassist. Unless otherwise stated, these are all 4-string models.  I have also listed their scale lengths in bold and provided links for current pricing and specifications.

Best Left Handed Bass GuitarsPopular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $200

  • Dean Edge 09 34link
  • Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro 28.6link
  • Rogue LX200B 34red blue
  • Tanglewood Rebel 34link

Popular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $300

  • ESP Ltd B50 34link
  • Ibanez GSR200 34link link2
  • Ibanez GSR205 5-String 34link
  • Ibanez GSR100EX 34link
  • Peavey Millennium 34link
  • Rogue VB100 Violin Bass 31link
  • Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Sunburst 34link
  • Stagg BC300 34Natural Black

Popular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $400

  • Hofner Violin Bass 31link
  • Ibanez SR300L 34link
  • RondoMusic Basses Variouslink
  • Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Natural 34link
  • Vintage Bass Guitars  Variouslink

Part One : 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

20 Comments »

  1. LeftyNoob1000 June 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Hey great site thanks for all the useful tips. Is a Stagg BC300LH left handed bass guitar a very good choice or is it worth avoiding?

    • Neal June 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      The Stagg’s are fine beginner guitars. I’ve tried a couple myself and although they aren’t as good as the Fender’s they’re modelled after, for the price they are great.

      • LeftyNoob1000 June 5, 2011 at 11:24 am - Reply

        Ok thanks I'll look at reviews before buying.
        P.S Thanks for answering my question so quickly and keep up the great site :D

  2. Frank October 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Is Kramer bass guitar a good start for beginners?

    • Neal October 16, 2014 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Kramer makes fine guitars, but I’m unaware of any current left handed models.

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