Jackson : Left Handed Guitars 2012

Neal December 9, 2011 13

Jackson Guitars was founded in 1980 by Grover Jackson, who was at the time the owner of Charvel Guitars.  The company was born after being approached by Randy Rhoads with an idea for a new guitar model.  The resulting guitar’s design was such a departure from Charvel’s usual Strat style models that Grover started Jackson Guitars to accommodate it.

Jackson provides a small but high quality selection of left handed guitars, but unfortunately for now there are no left handed bass guitars to be had. A few of these guitars are available in a mind boggling number of finishes, for example you can order the SL2H in no less than 27 different finishes and colors! Check out the Jackson website to see exactly what is on offer.

DK2L Dinky Left Handed Guitar

Jackson DK2L Dinky Left Handed Guitar

Left handed version of Jackson’s classic DK2 Dinky guitar. Alder body (with flame maple veneer on trans finishes), bolt-on maple neck, compound radius rosewood fingerboard, Seymour Duncan® humbucking (bridge) and single-coil (middle and neck) pickups, Jackson low-profile double-locking tremolo and black hardware.

RR1 Rhoads Left Handed Guitar

Jackson RR1 Rhoads Left Handed Electric Guitar

The one and only. Alder body, quartersawn eastern hard rock maple neck (through body), compound radius ebony fingerboard, Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, Floyd Rose® Original™ tremolo and black hardware. Available with flame maple top and chrome hardware on trans finishes.

RR1T Rhoads Left Handed Guitar

Jackson RR1T Rhoads Left Handed Electric Guitar

A string-through-body bridge version of the one and only RR1. Alder body, quartersawn eastern hard rock maple neck (through body), compound radius ebony fingerboard, Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, string-through- body bridge and black hardware. Available with flame maple top and chrome hardware on trans finishes.

SL1 Soloist Left Handed Guitar

Jackson SL1 Soloist Left Handed Electric Guitar

Alder body, quartersawn eastern hard rock maple neck (through body), compound radius ebony fingerboard, Seymour Duncan® pickups in H/S/S configuration, Floyd Rose® Original™ tremolo and black hardware. Available with flame maple top and chrome hardware on trans finishes.

SL2H Soloist Left Handed Guitar

Jackson SL2H Soloist Left Handed Electric Guitar

The left handed SL2H Soloist guitar features an alder body, quartersawn eastern hard rock maple neck (through body), compound radius ebony fingerboard, Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, Floyd Rose® Original™ tremolo and black hardware. Available with flame maple top and chrome hardware on trans finishes.

Jackson Custom Shop

Of course, if you have the money there’s always the Jackson Custom Shop where you can have any of their guitars built left handed and to your specifications.

Limited Run Jacksons

A few stores may occasionally commission a small number of left handed guitars which aren’t usually available as standard.  For example, in addition to the models above, our friends over at Xtreme Lefty Guitars have a selection of KV2 models, and recently had an Adrian Smith signature model.  Take a look at the Xtreme Lefty Guitars website to see what is currently available.

Jackson Guitars Website

Last year the Jackson site had a really useful feature where you could browse guitars by dexterity.  The design team who have put together the new website seem to have overlooked this essential part, and as a result I had to contact Jackson to find out which guitars were available.  All of these guitars are shown on the website, but as we lefties know all too well – websites don’t always tell the truth ;)  There is a left handed filter when browsing guitars, but it doesn’t appear to work.

For more information:
Jackson Guitars Website

13 Comments »

  1. wayne August 23, 2010 at 7:17 am - Reply

    WOW !, i like those Jackson V's, and what an amazing range of finishes, incredible.
    Thank you for having links to the manufactures sites, i like the lefty selection section the same as Dean, every manufacturer should have this option, surely it would be good for their business.

    • LeftyFretz August 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      I've got to say that i'm definitely seeing the lefty search option more and more these days, not just on brand websites but individual stores as well. It certainly must be good for business, I would never have found my Ibanez if I wasn't browsing the left handed section at my local store. To be honest I wish I hadn't found it though… :)

  2. Scott August 25, 2010 at 3:11 am - Reply

    It's awesome to see the bigger companies making lefty models commonplace. Now if Gibson would just get on the southpaw bandwagon…

  3. Adriana August 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    RR1 Rhoads Left Handed Guitar
    The one and only. Alder body, quartersawn eastern hard rock maple neck (through body), compound radius ebony fingerboard, Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, Floyd Rose® Original™ tremolo and black hardware. Available with flame maple top and chrome hardware on trans finishes.

    Finishes: Black, Ferrari Red, Gun Metal Grey, Metallic Black, Snow White, Quicksilver, Cobalt Blue, Darby Green, Acapulco Gold, Absinthe Frost, Agent Orange, Burnt Cherry Sunburst, Natural, Transparent Black, Transparent Blue, Transparent Green, Transparent Red, Black with Gold Pinstripes, Black Ghost Flames, Blue Ghost Flames, Eerie Dess Swirl, Bolted Steel, Lightning Sky, Nebula, Shattered Glass, Snakeskin, Copper Snakeskin, Yellow Bengal

    The cost and delivery time?

    • Neal August 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      You’ll need to check with your Jackson dealer Adriana :)

  4. Rafa December 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Love the SL2H :-)

    • Neal December 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I’d love one in the Yellow Bengal finish – that’s a proper 80’s finish that one :P

  5. Sam December 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Hi there! In the last Total Guitar magazine I bought, I saw one of the new Jackson X series soloist guitars, the Jackson SLATXMGQ3-7. It said that this guitar was available left handed, but I haven’t seen one anywhere! Have you heard anything about this guitar?
    http://www.jacksonguitars.com/en-GB/products/search.php?partno=2916271585

    • Neal December 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Probably just a typo, I’ve noticed this a few times myself in guitar magazines. Jackson are very poor when it comes to lefties, so I’d be surprised to see them bring out a 7-string.

  6. czar February 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    i really like the jackson rr1 lefty guitar with emg 81 & 85 that is my dream guitar, im here in oman working & there is a shop that sells your guitars they are now made in india. quality is bad. no lefty guitar. i had to buy a ibanez gio instead. there is no option. i am still trying to get a jackson rr1 lefty even second hand will do.

  7. David October 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    You might want to update this page – I’ve just received an email from Jackson in reply to my enquiry about ordering an RR1 – they say that since restructuring in 2011 the only lefties they do are are the Custom Shop Master Build series. No ETA for if and when they’ll be doing lefties again. I won’t repeat everything they said, but frankly the whole thing reads as “Jackson doesn’t give a f@#k about lefties unless you’re made of money”.

    I’m bitterly disappointed.

    • Neal October 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      They ARE owned by Fender after all ;) You might want to get in touch with David at Xtreme Lefty Guitars. Those guys quite often commission small runs of left handed models and may be able to help you out – http://xlguitars.com/products-page/jackson-guitars/

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