Ibanez : Left Handed Guitars & Basses 2012

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Ibanez is a Japanese guitar brand which was founded in 1908 by Hoshino Gakki.  They were one of the first Japanese musical instrument companies to gain a solid reputation in the United States and Europe.  The company is also well known for being pioneers in bringing the 7-string extended range guitar to the masses.

Ibanez quite often do limited number runs of left handed guitars, so make sure to check back from time to time to see if any new models have been introduced.  Limited edition lefties tend to disappear pretty quickly, but you may still find some in select stores from previous runs.

Another point to mention about Ibanez is that many of their models are region specific, so a few of these guitars might not be available in your own country.  For example the RG870 is a European/Asian exclusive, while the RG350 is only for the American market.

Ibanez Left Handed Electric Guitars

Ibanez Left Handed Electric Guitars LeftyFrom left to right : RG870QMZL, RG370DXZL, RG350DXL, GRG170DXL, GRX70QAL, SA160FML, ORM1L, ART100L, AS73L, GRGM21L

RG870 QMZL
Body : American Basswood with Quilted Maple Top
Neck : Maple/Walnut Wizard with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Edge-Zero II
Pickups : VM2 (B), VM1S (M), VM1 (N)
Frets : 24 Jumbo
Finishes : Black Ice

RG370 DXZL
Body : Basswood
Neck : Maple Wizard III with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Edge-Zero II
Pickups : INF4 (B), INFS3 (M), INF3 (N)
Frets : 24 Jumbo
Finishes : Black

RG350 DXL
Body : Basswood
Neck : Maple Wizard III with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Edge-Zero II
Pickups : INF4 (B), INFS3 (M), INF3 (N)
Frets : 24 Jumbo
Finishes : White

GRG170 DXL
Body : Basswood
Neck : Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Fat 10
Pickups : PSND2 (B), PSNDS (M),PSND1 (N)
Frets : 24 Medium
Finishes : Black Night

GRX70 QAL
Body : Basswood with Quilted Art Grain Top
Neck : Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Fat 6
Pickups : PSND2 (B), PSNDS (M),PSND1 (N)
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : Transparent Red Burst

SA160 FML
Body : Mahogany with Flamed Maple Top
Neck : Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : SAT Pro II
Pickups : STDH2 (B), STDS (M),STDS (N)
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : Transparent Yellow Sunburst

ORM1L
Body : Mahogany
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Gibraltar III
Pickups : ACH-BL
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : White

ART100L
Body : Mahogany
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Gibraltar III
Pickups : ACH2-S (B), ACH1-S (N)
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : Black

AS73L
Body : Maple Top, Back and Sides
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : ART1
Pickups : ACH2 (B), ACH1 (N)
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : Transparent Cherry

GRGM21L Short Scale
Body : Basswood
Neck : 22″ Scale Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Fixed
Pickups : PSND2 (B), PSND1 (N)
Frets : 24 Medium
Finishes : Black Night

Ibanez Left Handed Bass Guitars

Ibanez Left Handed Bass Guitars Lefty
From left to right :
SR300L, GSR206L, GSR205L, GSR200L, GSRM20L

SR300L
Body : Agathis
Neck : Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Accu-Cast B120
Pickups : EXF N2
Frets : 24 Medium
Finishes : Cosmo Black

GSR206L 6-String
Body : Agathis
Neck : Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Accu-Cast B16
Pickups : DXH-6B (B), DXH-6N (N)
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : Black

GSR205L 5-String
Body : Agathis
Neck : Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Accu-Cast B15
Pickups : DXH-5B (B), DXH-5N (N)
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : Black

GSR200L 4-string
Body : Agathis
Neck : Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Accu-Cast B10
Pickups : PSNDJ (B), PSNDP (N)
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : Black

GSRM20L Short Scale
Body : Basswood
Neck : Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Bridge : Accu-Cast B10
Pickups : STD J (B), STD P (N)
Frets : 22 Medium
Finishes : Black

Ibanez Left Handed Acoustic Guitars

Ibanez Left Handed Acoustic Guitars Lefty
From left to right :
AW300LECE, EW20LASE, V72LECE, AEF18LENT

AW300L ECE
Body : Mahogany Back & Sides with Solid Engelmann Spruce Top
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Pickup : Fishman Sonicore
Preamp :
Ibanez SST
Finishes :
Natural

EW20L ASE
Body : Figured Ash Top, Back and Sides
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Pickup : B-Band UST
Preamp :
Ibanez SRTc with Chorus and Tuner
Finishes :
Natural

V72L ECE
Body : Mahogany Back and Sides with Spruce Top
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Pickup : Ibanez Under Saddle
Preamp :
Ibanez AEQ200T
Finishes :
Natural

AEF 18LENT
Body
: Mahogany Back and Sides with Spruce Top
Neck : Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard
Pickup : Ibanez Under Saddle
Preamp :
Ibanez SPT Shape Shifter with Tuner
Finishes :
Natural High Gloss

Ibanez Guitars Website

The Ibanez UK website recently added a left handed section, giving it a one-up on most of the other regional Ibanez websites.  However all of the Ibanez websites clearly display the left handed models separately, making them very easy to spot.

For more information:
Ibanez Website

3 Comments »

  1. www.iban.com July 6, 2012 at 8:07 am - Reply

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  2. GERARDO MESTA March 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

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  3. Chris July 26, 2013 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I’m a lefty that taught myself to play right handed, against my natural feeling inclination, but I happen to own a higher end Ibanez bass. I’ve had two Ibanez basses, and I am extremely satisfied with both experiences. My first one was a second-hand SR 400 I bought on ebay for 89 dollars US. That bass, although rough from neglect and possible abuse, was easily set up by me to suit my action preference. Everything worked as intended, and after three years of play it only needed a re-soldered input jack. Otherwise, it was a great bass (albeit an ugly color) and I sold it for more than I paid.
    To replace the Ibanez, I really had my heart set on a new Rickenbacker 4003 Mapleglo, due to it’s neck-through construction, and because Lemmy plays Ric basses exclusively. At just shy of two grand at Guitar Center and on ebay, it was about double what I could afford. When I stopped crying, I looked at other alternatives. Fender doesn’t make anything but bolt on necks, so I wrote them off. Gibson makes set neck models, like the EB-0, which looks just like my SG Special but with four strings. Neat looking, but the thing is a short scale, which makes it sound different. Hofner… Beatle bass, but also short scale and expensive to boot. Anyway, after looking around I went to the Ibanez website and found everything I was looking for in the (now discontinued) SRT 800 DX bass. Called one of the local music stores near me (nearest Sam Ash and Guitar Center were an hour and forty five minute drive away) and they happened to have a five string version on hand. After playing that one I ordered the four string model that I saw online. It has proven to be a great bass too. The neck through construction and EMG pickups sound considerably better than my earlier Ibanez, and the sustain is amazing. The tech at the store adjusted the action for me for free; he told me the bass was easy to set up and had me going with lowered action and a slightly straightened neck in about two minutes. Overall I can highly recommend an Ibanez bass as a good bass for the money. That said, there are a few specific caveats I found with both basses. My SRT 800 was never made as a lefty model, and I believe all lefty Ibanez basses are bolt on necks. My biggest problem with the new bass is that the knobs are cheap black plastic. Also, because they are two tiered knobs, they can’t be replaced easily with metal knobs, as I’m not sure any exist that fit the posts. One of my two tiered knobs fell off while I was playing, but thankfully it was easily placed back on and the set screw tightened. Finally, the two tiered knobs mean there are a lot of tone adjustment opportunities (good) but the layout is not intuitive at all (bad)… I have owned this bass for over two years and still don’t know what a couple of the knobs do. Overall though, I am very pleased with the Ibanez bass. My only major change to the bass involved the strings. It came standard with Elixer strings, which were roundwounds with a thin plastic coating. I wore through the plastic pretty quickly over the fretboard, and was told when I went for new strings that playing the bass with a pick (which I don’t do) wears them through even quicker. The Elixers also cost more than most other strings. I ended up choosing D’Addario flatwounds, which I prefer anyway, and also happen to cost less too. So, if you’re here looking for a new bass, give Ibanez a try. They are definitely worth a look.

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