Fender : Left Handed Bass Guitars 2011

Neal Beedie February 11, 2011 2

Fender have a wide and varied selection of bass guitars (55 according to their website) but regrettably this is not the case when it comes to their left handed bass range. Unfortunately Fender have only provided lefty bass players with 3 models to choose from this year…

Each guitar is available in 2 different finishes – the obligatory bog standard black and a slightly more interesting sunburst.  It’s also worth noting that if you require more than 4 strings then your only option is the Fender custom shop, so I hope you have deep pockets!  Let’s take a look…

Fender American Standard Precision Bass Left Handed

Fender American Standard Precision Bass Left Handed Lefty

Fender introduced the Precision Bass guitar in 1951, and its thick sound and indestructible build changed popular music. Today’s American Standard Precision Bass is the new version of the great instruments of bass heroes past and present. This left handed version of the American Standard Precision Bass has a high-mass vintage bridge, thinner finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, improved Fender tuners that are 30 percent lighter while keeping the classic look, richer and deeper neck tint for a more elegant appearance, great-looking gloss maple or rosewood fingerboard, satin neck back for smooth playability and Fender-exclusive SKB moulded case.

Finishes : Black, 3-Color Sunburst

Fender American Standard Jazz Bass Lefty

Fender American Standard Jazz Bass Left Handed Lefty

Fender scored a giant bass hit in 1960 by introducing its deluxe four-string instrument – the Jazz Bass guitar. With its sleek offset body; thin, fast neck and rich, growling tone, it was a raring, roaring race-car of a bass that quickly established itself as a must-have instrument. The new left handed American Standard Jazz Bass is an even finer instrument; a modern interpretation of a classic built for modern players. Features include a high-mass vintage bridge, thinner finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, improved Fender tuners that are 30 percent lighter while keeping the classic look, richer and deeper neck tint for a more elegant appearance, great-looking gloss rosewood fingerboard, satin neck back for smooth playability and Fender-exclusive SKB moulded case.

Finishes : Black, 3-Color Sunburst

Fender Standard Jazz Bass Left Handed

Fender Standard Jazz Bass Left Handed Lefty

Professional bassists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Jazz Bass guitar since its 1960 introduction for its rich tone and musical versatility. The left handed Standard Jazz Bass combines the best of old and new, with modern single-coil pickups, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, vintage-style bridge, tinted neck with rosewood or maple fretboard, three-ply parchment pickguard and ’70s-style headstock logo. Standard gig bag included.

Finishes : Black, Brown Sunburst

Fender Guitars Website

The Fender website has a clean look to it and is quick and easy to navigate.  However as with many other brand sites, they are lacking an option for browsing by dexterity.  Strangely enough, while this option does exist for browsing the electric guitars it is missing for both the bass and acoustic guitars.

For more information:
Fender Guitars Website

2 Comments »

  1. Greg Carlson July 30, 2011 at 2:42 am - Reply

    What would a lefty Fender Jazz 5 string set me back? Do you think Gibson will ever make a lefty Bass? They make a Lefty SG 6-string body, so you would think the neck woul not be an issue. Currently have a lefty Ric and Hofner. Looking for another classic. Thanks.

  2. dkong99 July 30, 2011 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Probably more than you’d want to spend as Fender only makes the Jazz 5 in a right handed version so you’re looking at Fender Custom Shop, which can be very expensive. Just before I bought my latest Strat, I inquired on a custom job, they have a $750 Left handed option, so I decided I’d be much happier with a production model (no left hand surcharge) and ended up paying only $100 more for the American Standard I brought home. IMHO Gibson is not that lefty friendly, but they might offer it from their Epiphone division. If you’rer looking for another classic, have you checked out Warwick? Or if you prefer more bang for your buck Schecter has some excellent offerings.

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