Fender : Left Handed Guitars & Basses 2016

Are you searching for a left handed Fender guitar or bass, but are unsure of exactly which models are currently available?

Well fear not! This mammoth guide will give you the run-down on all of the options available to you, including standard production models, factory special runs, foreign imports and custom shop dream guitars.

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Left Handed Fender Guitars & Basses 2016

2016 is actually shaping up to be a very exciting year for left handed Fender enthusiasts, mostly thanks to a raft of awesome FSR Japanese limited edition models cropping up. A handful of these new guitars are already available, and I think that it’s safe to say that news of lefty Jaguars and Jazzmasters is going to get a lot of people quite moist in the old underpants. Very exciting news!

Aside from the FSR models, the only new guitar so far this year is the American Elite Stratocaster. Yes, it’s yet another sunburst Strat – but it’s a damn good one at least!

Let’s dive in. We’ll start with Strats…

1. Left Handed Fender Stratocasters

The image below shows all of the various left handed Fender Stratocasters currently available, but keep in mind that different colors (and fretboards!) are offered for some models – check out the tabs underneath for information.

Left Handed Fender Stratocaster Guitars 2016

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Check out the various tabs below for a brief summary of each guitar.

2. Left Handed Fender Telecasters…and a Jaguar!

The Standard and American Standards are available in a few extra colors, while the rest of the models displayed are only available in the finishes shown. Use the tabs below to find out more about each guitar.

Left Handed Fender Telecaster Guitars 2016

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Check out the various tabs below for a brief summary of each guitar.

3. Left Handed Fender Acoustic Guitars

The image below shows all available models and colors currently available.

Left Handed Fender Acoustic Guitars

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Check out the various tabs below for a brief summary of each guitar.

4. Left Handed Fender Bass Guitars

As we have a smaller number of left handed Fender bass guitars available to us, the image below shows all models and color-combinations currently offered.

Left Handed Fender Bass Guitars 2016

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Check out the various tabs below for a brief summary of each guitar.

5. Fender FSR Guitars

From time to time, Fender will release Factory Special Run (FSR) guitars in limited numbers. These special guitars are similar to ‘Spot Production’ guitars from Ibanez as they may only be available in select regions. I have listed below the models that I am currently aware of – but Fender are poised to release some new and exciting lefty FSRs, so check back soon for more information on those. All of these current models are from Fender Japan.

Left Handed Fender FSR Japan Guitars

You read it right –  Left handed Japanese Jazzmasters and Jaguars are on the way! That’s got to be the most exciting development for lefties in years! I’ve tried my best to find out more about them, but all I know is that the Jaguar will be available in white and black, and the Jazzmasters are coming in Candy Apple Red (matching headstock), Vintage White, 3-Color Sunburst and Black. I’m told that the model names are likely JG-62L and JM-66L. They are expected around June/July 2016 – so get saving! We might never see these again.

Below are some (tiny!) photos of the Jazzmasters that Fender sent me a few months ago. As soon as I have better images and more info you can expect some big updates.

Fender Left Handed Jazzmasters

They will be available from me in the UK at guitarguitar, or in the States from Southpaw Guitars. Call or email to reserve yours.

6. Left Handed Fender Japan Guitars and Basses

If none of the guitars so far have tickled your fancy, then you might also consider heading over to the Fender Japan website where you’ll find even more left handed models to browse. Just make sure that your browser has a built in translation feature! Unless you speak Japanese of course…

Left Handed Fender Japan Guitars and Basses

The image above includes most of the Fender Japan Exclusives that aren’t already mentioned in the FSR section above. In addition to these, you may also be able to find some older models still available in select stores.

If you’re struggling with the website, you can find the Japan Exclusive Electrics here and the basses here.

Actually getting a hold of one of these could prove slightly tricky, as you’ll either have to order direct from a Japanese store or find a local importer. You can usually find a handful for sale on eBay, including older models which are now discontinued. Right now, Amazon also has quite a few available.

UPDATE AUG 2016: Fender will be releasing the Classic 50s Tele, Classic 60s Tele Custom and Classic 70s Thinline Tele guitars as FSR models. These are expected around November/December. Click here to find out more.

7. Fender Mod Shop

Until recently, Fender had offered their ‘American Design Experience‘ service, which allowed USA customers to create their dream guitar or bass using their online builder. This has now been replaced with the newly lanched ‘Fender Mod Shop‘ – which is a revamped and improved version of the previous service.

The Mod Shop webpage consists of a simple-to-use interface which allows players to design a custom Strat, Tele, P-Bass or Jazz Bass. Available options include body color and wood, fingerboard wood, pickguard material, hardware color, type of pickups, tuning machines and bridge style – and of course, left handed mode!

Fender Mod Shop Builder Interface

Once your design is complete, simply add it to your cart and pay. Fender will send you your custom guitar (free shipping in the USA) within just 30 days! I was able to come up with the 7 designs below in a matter of minutes.

Fender Mod Shop Left Handed Guitars

Unfortunately this service is only available to USA-based customers at the time of writing. If you are outside of the USA (like me!), you can still access the service by switching to the USA website. You won’t be able to order your guitar, but it’s fun to have a little play to see what you can come up with!

Head to fendermodshop.com to start building!

8. Fender Custom Shop

Last, but certainly not least, we have the ‘Dream Factory‘, aka the Fender Custom Shop. Here, you can have the skilled Fender craftsmen build you your absolute dream guitar. The only limit here is going to be the size of your wallet!

To give you an idea of what they’re capable of, check out the guitar below that one of our customers recently ordered. This Masterbuilt ’72 Thinline Tele relic has to be one of the most incredible lefty Fenders I’ve ever seen!

Lefty Fender Custom Shop Telecaster Relic

Fender Website

Congratulations on making it to the very end of this mammoth post! If you’d like even more information, you can head over to the Fender website at the link below. I’d recommend going to the USA site over other countries, as it has an option to filter only left handed guitars when browsing categories.

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  1. Stephanie Giordano
    Stephanie Giordano says:

    Any plans for Fender to do the new Paramount acoustic line as leftys? I’d love one of those parlor guitars!!

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