Carvin : Left Handed Guitars and Bass Guitars

Neal August 20, 2011 5

The Carvin guitar company was founded in 1946 in San Diego, California by Lowell Kiesel.  Today Carvin are one of the largest musical instrument companies in the world and manufacture acoustic and electric basses and guitars, amplifiers and a host of other musical accessories.

Carvin differ from most other guitar brands in that they cut out the middle-man and sell directly to the customer (in the USA).  This means that Carvin guitars are generally more affordable than similarly specced guitars from other companies.

Carvin Left Handed Guitars and Basses

The good news for left handed guitar players is that Carvin is by far and away one of the most lefty friendly brands out there.  All of Carvin’s guitars are available to order left handed, and there is no upcharge for the privilege.  A few of the more specialised options may not be available when speccing out a left handed model, but for the most part we can go nuts!

Carvin left handed guitars bass lefty southpaw electric acoustic

If you are in the States you can specify and order your guitar directly on the Carvin website through their order form.  Carvin fans outside of the USA will need to order through an authorised dealer, which unfortunately means that prices are going to be much higher.

Carvin offers a huge range of a variety of different instruments and probably have you covered no matter what style of music or instrument you play.  Head over to their website to check out what is on offer.. ;)

Carvin Website

For reasons unknown to me the USA site has far, far larger galleries than the international ones, so I’d recommend visiting the site through a USA proxy to view the galleries that only the USA customers get to see.  You can use a proxy site such as  This country specific forwarding malarkey is something I personally hate about the Carvin site.  It just means that if someone links a guitar to you and you are in a different country to them you cannot view the link.  I’m sure the website could be designed in a much more efficient, user-friendly manner.

For more information:
Carvin Guitars Website


  1. Mark Hall August 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Just to weigh in on the Carvin products-I picked up a lefty DC-127 12 string about a year ago. This guitar is beautiful! The craftsmanship is outstanding-great neck, great fretwork, extremely playable and enjoyable. Between the coil splits and phase selector + the different pickup combinations the tones are so plentiful that I have yet to explore them all. I picked this guitar up specifically to do 12 string studio fills and it has filled those shoes nicely. Carvin’s quality vs their price structure just shreds the competition on all levels and you can get their guitars with most any useful option you can think of. Back when I was a kid I used to receive the Carvin catalogs and think that they were the “bargain brand’ and not to be taken seriously. They have since proven themselves in all of their product lines to have superior quality and great service. I love many guitar companies but, just for an example, price up a Jackson and an ESP tricked out with all the options you would like and then get the same quote from Carvin. If you’ve have ever wanted one but have hesitated I encourage you to take the plunge. Great stuff!!!

  2. dkong August 21, 2011 at 8:55 am - Reply

    The US Carvin website has in its ready to ship models a separate Lefty Section! Some really nice ones. I especially liked the Purple Strat-style one as well as the walnut series 5 string bass. Prices don’t seem too bad at all. Although I’ve basically blown thru my new guitar budget for this year…those two were especially tempting.

    • Neal August 21, 2011 at 10:26 am - Reply

      The UK site has that as well, but no prices – only links to UK dealers who will charge you an arm an a leg to ship it over, boo. But yeah, that purple Bolt is a real beauty!

      I’d be after a CT6 myself – I can’t link to it directly because of the stupid website proxy. Here it is Deep orangeburst, Yum! :)

  3. JD Peyton August 26, 2011 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I see what you mean about the silly website design, how annoying. I looked the the USA site through the proxy site you suggested and there are SO much more photos. Great looking guitars though, i’m especially interested after seeing some of the great finishes on the USA website!

  4. Robby Herbert May 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    the 12 string options are nice. Always wanted 2 try a 12 string

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