Gibson : Left Handed Guitars 2010

Neal October 3, 2010 17

Gibson weren’t a company I expected to be writing about this year, but lo and behond their website lists some left handed guitars so this guide must be written! I have no idea if any of these are actively being produced or if they are just models that Gibson have produced at some point in the last few years, but they are readily available new so we’ll count these as their 2010 line up for now.. ;)

The Gibson Website lists only four guitars as being available left handed, but they cover the 3 main body shapes that they produce so that’s fair enough.  Gibson guitars are mainly just variations of the Les Paul shape anyway right? Right?

Gibson Les Paul Studio Left Handed Guitar

Gibson Les Paul Studio Left Handed Guitar Lefty

All the elements of the legendary Les Paul Standard are still there, including that fat and sweet maple-and-mahogany tone through two genuine Gibson humbucking pickups. By eliminating a little of the window dressing – namely, building the guitar without binding around the body top or fingerboard, and applying an elegant gold silkscreened logo in place of an inlay – the Les Paul Studio weighs in at a price that players have found irresistible for three decades.

Gibson SG Standard Left Handed Guitar

Gibson SG Standard Left Handed Guitar Lefty

When it first hit the scene back in 1961, the Gibson SG (short for Solid Guitar) was the most radical design the electric guitar world had witnessed so far, and it still makes a bold statement today.  Originally conceived as a modern replacement for the single-cutaway Les Paul Standard (the name it still carried for the first couple years of its existence), the SG had several features that made it perfect for cutting-edge guitarists – all of which remain present in the Gibson USA SG Standard – and it became an iconic rock guitar almost immediately. With its light yet resonant solid-mahogany body and neck, a radical looking double-cutaway design that also yields unprecedented upper-fret access, a rock-solid Tune-o-matic bridge and stoptail pairing, and two meaty humbucking pickups, today’s SG Standard is just as sweet a player and as monstrous a tone machine as the guitars that made the name legendary nearly 50 years ago.

Gibson 2008 Les Paul Standard Left Handed Guitar

Gibson Les Paul Standard Left Handed Guitar Lefty

Improving a legend isn’t easy, but it’s happened. Introducing Gibson USA’s 2008 Les Paul Standard—an elegant revision of a true classic, with upgrades and new features that make it the best Les Paul Standard ever produced. Based on consumer feedback and a drive to uphold and enhance the legacy of the Les Paul Standard, Gibson USA’s 2008 model sets a new guitar benchmark for excellence and achievement. Play the new 2008 Les Paul Standard from Gibson USA and experience the evolution of the greatest electric guitar of all time.

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Left Handed Guitar

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Left Handed Guitar Lefty

With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purists love, the Traditional plays, sounds, and feels like the Les Pauls that today’s players grew up loving and lusting after. Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the ’80s and ’90s, the Les Paul Traditional starts with a Grade-A mahogany body and adds nine strategically placed traditional weight-relief holes for a beefy tone that maintains the resonance of modern Les Pauls, while losing a large portion of the weight. This is capped with a maple top, giving the Les Paul Traditional the look of the great Les Pauls that helped to bring rock back to the front of the stage in the mid ’80s. Capping the Traditional with a maple top not only looks great, but it also brings out presence and definition to the tone. With the look of the great Les Paul Standards that helped to make rock king again, and every ounce of the tone thanks to legendary Gibson construction, classic tonewoods, and two genuine humbucking pickups, the Les Paul Traditional is the guitar to take your music center stage where it belongs.

Not too much to choose from but as always there are a ton of alternatives from previous years from Gibson to be had on the internet new and second hand.

Obligatory Website Critique.  The Gibson website has a very clean and aesthetically pleasing design but the sheer amount of information and sub-menus it contains can sometimes make finding what you need a bit of a struggle.  For example, when I was trying to find which models were available left handed I had looked at several guitars before I unlocked the hidden ‘left-handed’ menu!  Fair play to Gibson, they have a left handed search option, but it only becomes available when you are deep into your search.

Gibson Website

17 Comments »

  1. wayne October 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Please share with us how to unlock the hidden ‘left-handed’ menu ? I have tried to use their search option but could never get it to work.

    • LeftyFretz October 4, 2010 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      It only appears when you've selected a 'brand' that has some lefty models listed. So if you choose 'Gibson USA' or 'Epiphone' from the side menu it will make an appearance. I've no idea why it wouldn't be there when you are looking at 'all' electric guitars but hey…. It's like some hard to find easter egg in a videogame :P
      http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/…

      Of course there's always the Custom Shop if you have tons of money. My local store has a lefty custom shop Axcess which looks absolutely killer… http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/left_guitars_detail…

      • Frustrated Lefty October 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        Not any more. Gib$on Custom Shop won't make left-handed guitars anymore. Stopped in 2008 I think it was. About the time of the World Economy Crash. Same with Rickenbacker, and quite recently BC Rich. No more lefties from those brands either. I heard that a couple of years ago from www.explorer-guitars.com – anybody else heard of that one? Chet (or is it Chad -???), the website owner is a lefty guitarist.

        • Neal October 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm - Reply

          Well I don't know what to tell you about that, Gibson isn't a company I know a whole lot about (maybe I would if they made some southpaws). The Custom Shop Axcess I linked above is brand new, built in 2009 so unless they stopped in 2009 they must still be making them.

  2. Chrysophylax October 7, 2010 at 9:41 am - Reply

    No Flying V. And they still tell us that Hendrix had one… I'm not in love with their marketing politicy…

    • LeftyFretz October 7, 2010 at 9:55 am - Reply

      I actually heard a rumor that they were going to do a run of lefty V's until the flood hit them. Just a rumor though…

      If you want a Gibson style V you could check into Gaskell http://www.gaskellguitars.com/models.html

      • Steve December 12, 2010 at 3:55 am - Reply

        Gibson has made me four R9 Les Pauls over the past two and a half years. Gibson Custom is definitely in the lefty business.

        • Neal December 13, 2010 at 11:45 am - Reply

          Thanks Steve, good to know.

  3. Jonathan December 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I have several Gibson Flying Vs in left hand. They were made in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006.

    If you cannot find a lefty V, a right handed one will convert quite easily. I purchase a new faded V for $500 and I had a luthier make me a new bone nut, install side markers, and transfer the strap pin over for right at $100. The controls are not in the way either as my forearm just barely grazes the neck pu volume knob.

    • Neal December 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      Yes, surely out of all guitar designs a V is the best candidate for a left handed conversion. Great tip Jonathan. It may not be the ideal solution, but switched guitars do have that little bit extra mojo as far as aesthetics are concerned.

      • Jonathan December 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        I will also add that the current Nashville bridge allows enough adjustment for the intonation. There really is not a downside to the conversion unlike saw, an SG conversion where all the bevels are in the wrong place and the controls dig into your arm.

  4. Jonathan December 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Neal, I had also been told by a dealer that they were going to make another lefty V run right before the flood hit. They were also talking about a LP Jr in lefthand. It appears that the flood canceled both plans.

  5. Akshay January 31, 2011 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I was just drooling on the Gibson site now… the @!$@#!* no longer seem to be offering the Les Paul or the SG Standard as a left-handed option… Instead of the SG Standard, you have the stripped down SG-Special… :@

    • Neal January 31, 2011 at 9:52 am - Reply

      I guess Gibson limit themselves to four left handed models per year. In my opinion it's nice that they've offered some different models rather than the exact same ones as last year. I mean if you want a LP or SG you'll still be able to find a new one in stores, just not fresh off the production line :)

  6. Stan August 14, 2012 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Can anyone tell me the model # of the Gibson Les Paul Studio Left Handed Guitar 2010 Fire Burst that’s the first on this page. Have been looking high and low to find it. Based out of Canada. Any and all help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. We lefty’s don’t give in or up when it comes to finding a guitar we want. Thank you.

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