Gibson : Left Handed Guitars 2012

Neal Beedie July 18, 2012 5

Gibson Guitars was founded in 1902 in Michigan, USA by Orville Gibson.  Now based in Nashville, Tennessee the company is probably most well known for building one of the world’s most iconic guitars – the Les Paul.

Gibson USA Left Handed Guitars 2012

2012 has been a very fruitful year (so far) as far as left handed guitarists are concerned, as Gibson have upped their game to produce quite a few new exciting instruments for the southpaw market.    What is also very exciting is the fact that almost all of these guitars are available left handed in a variety of colors.  For example the new 2012 Les Paul Standard comes in a choice of 11 different finishes!

Gibson Left Handed Guitars 2012 Lefty

From left to right : Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Traditional, Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin, Les Paul Studio, Les Paul Studio 70s Tribute, Firebird Studio 70s Tribute, SG Special 70s Tribute, SG Standard, SG Standard P90, SG Junior 60s

Les Paul Standard
Body : Mahogany with Maple Top and Cream Binding
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : TonePros Tune-o-matic
Pickups : Burstbucker Rhythm Pro & Lead Pro (Coil Tapped)
Finishes : Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Light Burst, Honey Burst, Tea Burst, Desert Burst, Fireball, Trans Amber, Trans Black, Ebony, GoldTop, Blue Mist

Les Paul Traditional
Body : Mahogany with AAA Maple Top and Cream Binding
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Nashville Tune-o-matic
Pickups : ’57 Classic & ’57 Classic Plus
Finishes : Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Ebony, Wine Red

Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin
Body : Mahogany with Cream Binding
Neck : Mahogany with Layered Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Tune-o-matic
Pickups : ’57 Classic & ’57 Classic Plus
Finishes : Cherry Satin, Satin Vintage  Sunburst, Satin Ebony, Worn Brown

Les Paul Studio
Body : Mahogany with AAA Maple Top and Cream Binding
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Nashville Tune-o-matic
Pickups : ’57 Classic & ’57 Classic Plus
Finishes : Vintage Sunburst, Fireburst, Wine Red, Ebony, Pelham Blue, Inverness Green, Radiant Red, Silver Pearl

Les Paul Studio 70s Tribute
Body : Mahogany with  Maple Top
Neck : Maple with Baked Maple Fingerboard
Bridge : Stop Bar
Pickups : Dual Blade Alnico Mini Humbuckers
Finishes : Gold Top, Satin Cherry, Satin Vintage Sunburst, Satin Silverburst

Firebird Studio 70s Tribute
Body : Mahogany
Neck : Maple with Baked Maple Fingerboard
Bridge : Stop Bar
Pickups : Dual Blade Alnico Mini Humbuckers
Finishes : Satin Cherry, Satin Ebony, Satin Vintage Sunburst, Satin Silver Burst

SG Special 70s Tribute
Body : Mahogany
Neck : Maple with Baked Maple Fingerboard
Bridge : Tune-o-matic
Pickups : Dual Blade Alnico Mini Humbuckers
Finishes : Satin Cherry, Satin Ebony, Satin Vintage Sunburst, Satin Silver Burst

SG Standard
Body : Mahogany
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Nashville Tune-o-matic
Pickups : 490R & 498T
Finishes : Heritage Cherry, Ebony

SG Standard P90
Body : Mahogany
Neck : Mahogany with Baked Maple Fingerboard
Bridge : Tune-o-matic
Pickups : Alnico V P90
Finishes : Heritage Cherry, Ebony

SG Junior 60s
Body : Mahogany
Neck : Mahogany with Baked Maple Fingerboard
Bridge : Wrap-around Tailpiece
Pickups : Alnico V P90
Finishes : Heritage Cherry, Ebony

Gibson Custom Shop Left Handed Guitars

Aside from these USA models the Gibson Custom shop also produces a small number of left handed guitars every year. I emailed Gibson to find out exactly what was available and even the customer service agent found it difficult to ascertain any concrete information.  Here is a copy of what I was told…

I’ve spoken with the Custom Shop, and they indicated that very few of the models are produced regularly in left-handed- only the most popular historic Reissue Les Paul models, though many of the guitars are available by special order.  Unfortunately, the Explorer, Firebird, and Flying V Custom Shop models are not available in left-handed, in addition to the Artist Signature models.  As there is not an organized list of left-handed models, please feel free to let me know if there were specific models you were interested in, and I’ll be more than happy to check on them for you.

Gibson Website

In theory the Gibson website should be excellent for southpaw customers as they have a left-handed section.  However the company doesn’t seem too interested in keeping this section updated and as a result it is fairly useless.  It lists 3 current guitars and 3 which are out of production – very misleading!  As a result I had to spend quite some time talking to Gibson customer service to find out exactly what was available.  Get it sorted Gibson! ;)

For more information:
Gibson Guitars Website

5 Comments »

  1. McBoogle July 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Looking good but too little too late IMO. Gibson have been shunning us for too long! :P

  2. Marc December 17, 2012 at 12:33 am - Reply

    What about the acoustics? Any Gibson acoustic guitars available?

    • Neal December 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      There are, but it would most likely be a special order. We have a few at work including J-45s, Hummingbirds, Songwriters and J200s http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/left_guitars.asp?brandname=Gibson&order=3

  3. Digidog February 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Oh, Man!! Check out Thomann´s lefty guitars section. They have just put out a load of lefty historical Gibsons. Sweet!

  4. Ray September 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    I’m looking for a truss rod cover for a 73 les paul custom that reads correctly for a lefty

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