Newbie Series Part4 : Lefty Beginner Bass Guitars

Neal June 8, 2011 19

This article comprises a number of great quality left handed bass guitars that are still reasonably priced.  Any one of them will make a fantastic first guitar and should give you the best possible introduction to your new hobby. I think $400 max is a good budget in order to ensure that we get something respectable,  so all of these guitars weigh in at under this price.  Obviously they can be had for 40-60%  less second hand if you are willing to hunt around.

Before we look at some choices there are few things to think about…

Number of Strings

Your traditional bass guitar will generally have 4 strings tuned EADG from low to high.  Bass guitars are available with 5, 6 or even more strings, but if you are starting out it is generally recommended to begin with a 4-string model.

Standard Size or Short Scale?

A standard 4-string bass generally has a 34 inch scale length (the distance between the nut and the bridge), however many other sizes are available. If you are a younger player you may find it easier to begin on a shorter scale length model (generally 31″ or less) before graduating to a 34 inch or higher bass later on. Likewise, someone with smaller hands might find a short-scale bass easier to get on with.

There is a difference in tone between basses of different scale lengths, but at this early stage it isn’t going to be a big deal. If you decide to go for a smaller bass you can also check out our guide to 3/4 Size Left Handed Bass Guitars.

Here are a few great beginner bass models for the aspiring lefty bassist. Unless otherwise stated, these are all 4-string models.  I have also listed their scale lengths in bold and provided links for current pricing and specifications.

Popular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $200

  • Dean Edge 09 34link
  • Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro 28.6link
  • Rogue LX200B 34red blue
  • Tanglewood Rebel 34link

Popular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $300

  • ESP Ltd B50 34link
  • Ibanez GSR200 34link link2
  • Ibanez GSR205 5-String 34link
  • Ibanez GSR100EX 34link
  • Peavey Millennium 34link
  • Rogue VB100 Violin Bass 31link
  • Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Sunburst 34link
  • Stagg BC300 34Natural Black

Popular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $400

  • Hofner Violin Bass 31link
  • Ibanez SR300L 34link
  • RondoMusic Basses Variouslink
  • Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Natural 34link
  • Vintage Bass Guitars  Variouslink

Part One : Important Tips Before You Buy
Part Two : Beginner Electric Guitars
Part Three : Beginner Acoustic Guitars
Part Four : Beginner Bass Guitars
Part Five : Amps
Part Six : Effects
Part Seven : Accessories
Part Eight : Lessons


  1. LeftyNoob1000 June 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Hey great site thanks for all the useful tips. Is a Stagg BC300LH left handed bass guitar a very good choice or is it worth avoiding?

    • Neal June 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      I've had no experience with Stagg so I couldn't really comment. If it were me I'd stick with the better known brands for now. Check out reviews on Harmony-Central to get a rough idea of what people think of these.

      • LeftyNoob1000 June 5, 2011 at 11:24 am - Reply

        Ok thanks I'll look at reviews before buying.
        P.S Thanks for answering my question so quickly and keep up the great site :D

  2. LeftyNoob1000 June 5, 2011 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Just to add to what I've just said I've had a quick look at some reviews and it states that the knobs are a bit noisy and it is normally delivered out of tune but the average rating is about 3/5 and everyone said it's what they would expect from a fairly decent beginners bass guitar.

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