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Fender : Left Handed Electric Guitars 2011

Fender was founded in 1946 in California, USA by the late Leo Fender, and is considered by many to be the biggest guitar company in the world.  This year’s selection of left handed guitars remains the same as the previous year, apart from the addition of the new Kurt Cobain Jaguar model.

Fender have a decent selection of guitars available left handed and manage to cover most of the differing price ranges.  Another excellent point to note about Fender is that they do not charge extra for their left handed models, which is encouraging to see.  If your Japanese is up to scratch you may also want to consider one of the further 20 left handed guitars on offer from Fender Japan!

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar Left Handed Guitar

Fender introduces one of its most distinctive signature models ever, the Kurt Cobain Jaguar – meticulously modeled on the battered and highly unusual 1965 Jaguar that Cobain wielded during the heady early-’90s era when Nirvana ruled rock and led a musically stunning and culturally subversive movement.

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar LEft Handed Relic Guitar Lefty

Unique features include an alder body with Road Worn aged finish and hardware treatment, bound fretboard with pearloid dot markers, Stratocaster headstock shape with 1950s-style “spaghetti” logo, DiMarzio® humbucking DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary neck pickup and DP100 Super Distortion bridge pickup, triple knurled “chrome-dome” knob configuration (volume-volume-tone), three-position toggle switch, black chrome Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and Gotoh® sealed tuners.

Finishes : 3-Color Sunburst

Fender American Vintage ’57 Stratocaster Reissue Left Handed Guitar

The Fender American Vintage 57 Stratocaster Electric Guitar is recreated in such awesome detail that even the most die-hard fanatic will love its sound, look and feel. Nitro-laquer vintage finish, hand detailed neck, resonant ash or alder body and aged alnico pickups are only the beginning of how much value and vibe you’ll get when you own one of these incredible guitars.

The American Vintage ’57 Stratocaster re-creates one of Fender’s most famous designs. All original specs are detailed including neck and headstock shapes, body radii and contours, 12th fret dot positioning, and hand beveled pickup magnets.

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Reissue Left Handed Electric Guitar

  • One-piece maple neck
  • Vintage style hardware
  • Original detailing
  • Vintage pickups
  • Hardshell case

Finishes : 2-Color Sunburst

Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster Reissue Left Handed Guitar

A great year for the Strat, this ’62 Strat is perfect for the lefty who’s been searching for that vintage vibe without the hefty price tag. Featuring a capped rosewood fingerboard, three-ply aged white pickguard and unique ’62 pickups; the Fender American Vintage ’62 Reissue Strat is one you won’t want to miss.

Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Reissue Left Handed Electric Guitar

  • Maple Neck with 25.5 inch Scale Length
  • 21 Fret, Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Three American Vintage ’62 Strat Single-Coil Pickups
  • American Vintage Tremolo
  • Includes Case

Finishes : 3-Color Sunburst

Fender American Vintage ’52 Telecaster Reissue Left Handed Guitar

As one of the longest-running production models in history, the strength of the Tele guitar lies in its inherent simplicity. It’s been modified only slightly since its inception.  The ’52 integrates a premium ash body with a one-piece U shape maple neck and a 7.25 inche radius fingerboard. It features two American Vintage Tele single-coil pickups, the original Tele circuit with its three-position switch, brass bridge saddles, an ashtray cover (vintage six-saddle bridge and modern wiring kit included as an accessory), a single-ply black pickguard, master volume and master tone, and chrome hardware.

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster Reissue Left Handed Electric guitar

  • U Shape Maple Neck
  • Black Dot Position Inlays
  • Vintage styling
  • Synthetic Bone Nut

Finishes : Butterscotch Blonde

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Left Handed Guitar

Fender’s left handed American Deluxe Stratocaster has been updated to provide all the aspects of Fender tone, traditionand innovation. Offering the modern features that today’s guitarists require including a compound radius fingerboard for effortless string bending, N3 Noiseless pickups with improved Stratocaster tones for sparkling bell-like chime with no hum and reconfigured S-1 switching for other distinctive tonal options. Other features include staggered locking tuners, two-point synchronized American Deluxe tremolo bridge with pop-in arm, and beveled neck heel.

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Left Handed Guitar

  • Maple Neck with Rosewood or Maple Fingerboards
  • 4-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt
  • Noiseless N3 Single Coil Strat Pickups
  • S-1 Switch for additional tonal options
  • Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Pop in Arm
  • Molded Rectangular SKB Case Included

Finishes : 3-Color Sunburst (Maple OR Rosewood Fretboard options)

Fender American Standard Stratocaster Left Handed Guitar

Fender American Standard Left Handed Stratocaster – Icon! Icon is not a word to be used lightly, but the Stratocaster is nothing short of just that. The American Standard Stratocaster Left Handed guitars are beauties to behold in sound, look and feel.

Fender American Standard Stratocaster Left Handed Electric Guitar

  • Bridge with improved bent-steel saddles and a copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain
  • The back of the neck still has silky satin finish
  • A thin finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance
  • Fender-exclusive SKB molded case
  • Hand-rolled fingerboard edges
  • Alnico V pickups
  • Staggered tuning machines

Finishes : 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Blizzard Pearl, Olympic White (Maple OR Rosewood Fretboard options)

Fender American Standard Telecaster Left Handed Guitar

The Fender Standard Telecaster’s signature sound is everywhere! Resonating throughout history and soundscapes of popular music, from orchestra pits to mosh pits, the look, sound and vibe of the Telecaster is everywhere.

Fender American Standard Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar

  • Bridge with improved bent-steel saddles mounted to a stamped-brass bridge plate for increased resonance and sustain
  • A thin finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance
  • Fender-exclusive SKB molded case
  • Hand-rolled fingerboard edges
  • Alnico V pickups
  • Staggered tuning machines for playability, tone and stability

Finishes : 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Blizzard Pearl

Fender Highway One Stratocaster Left Handed Guitar

The Fender Highway One Stratocaster Left Handed Guitar gives you some serious bang for the buck! The new Highway 1 strat still has the classic alder body with great tone and now gives you a nitrocellulose lacquer finish in hot new colors that allows the body wood’s natural tone shine through and new pickups. Features include three Hot Single-Coil Strat Pickups, with Staggered Pole Pieces and Alnico 3 Magnets, chrome hardware, and a deluxe padded gigbag is included. The US Highway 1 Strat has everything you need… nothing you don’t.

Fender Highway One Stratocaster Left Handed Electric Guitar

Finishes : Black

Fender Standard Stratocaster Left Handed Guitar

Fender Standard Upgrade Stratocaster Left Handed Guitar; A new take on an American Classic!
Leftys Unite! Fender’s Standard Strat Upgrade guitars have hit the market with both maple and rosewood fingerboard in a plethora of colors to match your own unique style and attitude. The left-handed Standard provides the same legendary Fender tone derived from its three single-coil pickups, a synchronized tremolo, shielded body cavity and medium jumbo frets. Adding Upgraded features these mammoths of sound utilize extravagant design including a tinted neck, parchment pickguard and knobs and a ’70s-style Fender logo.

Fender Standard Stratocaster Left Handed Electric Guitar

  • 3 Standard Single-Coil Strat Pickups
  • Vintage Synchronized tremolo with high-mass bridge block
  • Shielded body cavity
  • 21 Medium jumbo frets
  • Tinted Satin Urethane neck
  • Parchment pickguard
  • ’70s-style Fender logo
  • Includes Fender Gig Bag

Finishes : Lake Placid Blue, Black, Candy Apple Red, Brown Sunburst, Midnight Wine, Arctic White (Maple OR Rosewood fretboard options)

Fender Standard Telecaster® Left Handed Guitar

The Fender Standard Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar incorporates the best of the old and new, offering hotter single-coil pickups, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, cast/sealed machine heads and six-saddle strings-through-body bridge. Since its introduction in the early ’50s, the Fender Telecaster guitar has been relied on by professional guitarists of all musical genres for its powerful tone and smooth playability. The left handed Standard Telecaster New features include a tinted neck, parchment pickguard and control knobs, and a ’70s-style logo. The Standard Telecaster—plug one in and listen for yourself! Standard gig bag included.

Fender Standard Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar

  • Vintage Styling
  • Fender Transition Logo
  • Parchment Plastic Parts

Finishes : Lake Placid Blue, Black, Candy Apple Red, Brown Sunburst, Midnight Wine

Fender Japan Models

If nothing here catches your eye then you may wish to check out the further TWENTY left handed guitars on offer from Fender Japan.  There are too many to include in one article (and my Japanese is pretty poor!), but take a look at the full selection on the Fender Japan website.  Fender Japan Left Handed Guitars

Fender Website

Last year the Fender website did not have a function to browse guitars by dexterity, but they listened and came up with the goods!  This year’s website includes an option to browse all of the left handed models separately – good going Fender! I also liked that Fender lists the MSRP beside each guitar – saves drooling over a guitar only to find out later that it’s way out of your price range 😉  They may not have improved much upon the choice of left handed guitars in 2011, but the website has certainly advanced a little over the previous year.

For more information:
Fender Guitars Website

Let us know which of these beauties you own or would love to own!  Leave a comment below.

33 replies
  1. dkong
    dkong says:

    I own 3 Strats (2 MIM standards and an American standard) I'd love one of the American Deluxe strats if it would come in a decent color

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      I actually quite like the finish that's offered. Wouldn't cost TOO much to get refinished though. They should really offer a few more finishes considering it's nearly the most expensive of the lot.

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      That's my favorite too, especially with the tortoise shell pickguard – there's one on eBay right now that's calling our names, can you hear it? xD

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  2. tomjj
    tomjj says:

    i wish squire made left handed teles, i hate strats love teles but cant afford a mexie tele, so a squire would be perfect but, oh no, wait, again no lefty versions ever made, we are always left out. i like being different but being right handed would be so much eaiser in the music world.

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      Can be a pain sometimes eh? You've just gotta get used to looking a little further afield at guitars from the less well known brands. If you want a little help finding a budget tele i'm sure we can find something for you – I'd recommend a few but it makes a difference where you're located. Of course you could always consider a second hand MIM Tele on eBay.

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      • Steve EF-15
        Steve EF-15 says:

        Tomjj,
        I just picked up(stumbled on) a NOS(new old stock) 2005 Mexican Lefty Telecaster for $385.00
        I got lucky. Maybe if you shop around the stores you might get lucky too.

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  3. dkong99
    dkong99 says:

    Took the plunge and ordered, yes…another Strat! Decided to take advantage of Guitar Center’s 4th of July sale so was able to save an additional 15%. Went with the Blizzard Pearl with Maple fretboard, the color is close enough to the Light lilac color I’ve been after and having done the math, for an extra $350 I get a brand new American Standard guitar instead of refinishing the black MIM which will be passed on to my nephew (the only other lefty in the family).

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      Nice! Look forward to pictures :) Blizzard Pearl is one of my favorite Fender finishes, particularly with the maple neck, loving your style.

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      • dkong99
        dkong99 says:

        Just picked up the new Strat today, beautiful guitar! I also went ahead and had it professionally set up (Guitar Center doesn’t include it with purchase :( ) Bill the guitar tech replaced the original Fender Bullet strings with a new set of D’Addario 10s, really makes a difference. Guitar plays like a dream and definitely worth the premium over the MIM models.

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  4. Jason
    Jason says:

    Does fender make (or ever made) a lefty version of the tele deluxe and or telecustom? I would love the deluxe – I like the idea of 2 tone and two volume knobs as there are 2 pickups. just makes sense to have a little more control that way. I have looked and looked, but have found nothing. If fender doesn’t, who makes a good high quality (yet affordable) version???

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  5. dean
    dean says:

    I only wish Fender would make some of their guitars to look more shredded like, like the charvels,kramer,etc.,of the glorious metal 80s. Other than that, you cannot improve on fender sound.

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  6. Rich
    Rich says:

    I have a ’98 American Standard Strat with Kinman p/ups & Callaham bridge & block, absolutely love this guitar, plus a MIM Strat with a DiMarzio Chopper in the neck which is great for Texas style Blues, got to love Fender at least they have some good lefty choices.
    Hey what we need is a dedicated lefty forum.
    Rock-On LeftyFretz.

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  7. De Soete Piet
    De Soete Piet says:

    I would like to know the price for sending a fender guitar to europe “belgium “because as i see on the american sites it is a lot cheaper then in belgium .
    hopefully waiting for an answer
    greetz piet

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      You’ll find that most of the US stores won’t ship a new guitar to Europe because they are prohibited from doing so. Also your warranty would be useless.

      If you find a store (or an eBayer or friend) who will ship it to you, then you will need to ask them for a shipping quote. You can then use http://www.dutycalculator.com/ to figure out how much duty/tax you will have to pay when it arrives in Belgium. Honestly though, unless you are buying second hand and/or get a great deal it isn’t really worth the extra expense and hassle.

      Also see my article on importing a guitar here http://leftyfretz.com/importing-guitar-pros-cons/

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  8. Chance
    Chance says:

    I just wanted to tell everyone reading this, Fender recently made a Kurt Cobain signature edition Mustang as well, available left handed.

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  9. Michael McPherson
    Michael McPherson says:

    I want the American Standard telecaster left-handed – black

    or — the Squier Cabronita telecaster — black, left-handed, if available.

    Reply

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