Gibson : Left Handed Guitars and Basses 2015

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2016 : Gibson Are Making Lefties For 2017!

Exciting news! After a three year drought, Gibson USA are once again making left handed guitars. Click here to get a sneak peek at the new range of lefties.


Ah Gibson, what are you doing to us?

Last year was an interesting year for left handed guitars from Gibson.  We were initially informed (by Gibson customer service no less!) that every single 2014 USA guitar and bass would be be available left handed. Good times!  We threw a little party, did a little dancing – everyone was feeling good! I was planning to get the Derek Trucks SG myself, very exciting!

A month or so later they decided to change their minds. No lefty USA models at all.  Was it something we said?

No Guitars For You!

I’d already spent what felt like an eternity making some nice images to show off the huge 2014 range I was initially promised. So I have to admit I was kinda peeved about that. I say ‘peeved’. You try cutting out one hundred and twenty three Gibsons and converting them all to lefties.  Then see if peeved describes your mood.

Never mind.  We’ve suffered through the drought for a year, hoping that 2015 would bring happier times. Fingers crossed and all that jazz eh?

Left Handed Gibson USA Guitars and Basses 2015

So.  Are things looking more peachy for 2015?

2015 Gibson USA Left Handed Guitars and Basses


I managed to find a minimalist print of the new range which you can grab here to display in your chateau. As a bonus, it doubles as a lefty poster for PRS, Charvel and James Tyler as well 😉

Gibson Custom Shop Left Handed Guitars

Luckily there’s still the Custom Shop! The Gibson Custom shop produces a small number of left handed guitars every year. I emailed Gibson to find out exactly what was available.  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

This is the part of the article where I usually link to the company website, but you probably don’t need that do you? Here’s a link to eBay instead. Probably your best bet for a left handed Gibson right now.

PS.  Gibson, if you happen to read this article – I love you really.  I’m sure you have a good reason for shunning us southpaws again, but throw us a bone eh? A couple of Les Paul Studios or Standards at least!

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  1. Jerry Hayek
    Jerry Hayek says:

    I just bought a new left-handed 2013 EB bass off Amazon for $1,000 (go on, guess the color). Great bass. But it was immediately replaced on the site by the same bass for nearly $1800! Come on Gibson. Even Epiphone doesn’t offer anything for bassists.

  2. Vik
    Vik says:

    If anybody is interested, I have two brand new LEFT HANDED Gibson Basses. a Cherryburst LesPaul and a Tobaccoburst Thunderbird. Both come with form fit Gibson cases. I will soon have a Tobacco Firebird as well.
    Prices are in Canadian funds which today are about 32% BELOW the US dollar
    Tbird = $3000 CA = approx $2300 US
    LP bass = $2500 CA
    Buyer to arrange all shipping. There will be no customs or duty charges if going to the US

    • Vilho Jappinen
      Vilho Jappinen says:

      I need a lefty shortscale bass for example Gibson SG 30″. My Fender Mustang was stolen 5 years ago. Can you help me ? I live in Helsinki Finland but I can organize shipping or I will visit in USA.

  3. David Drymon
    David Drymon says:

    My biggest bucket list item is a left handed Les Paul but strung right handed. I’m too old to relearn left handed strings now. Is there any hope or suggestions?

  4. Paul
    Paul says:

    Just received a lefty 335 2015 Memphis for my 50th. It’s absolutely flawless and plays exactly as I imagined -and more! Living in NZ the only way to get hold of one is ebay. This example came from a shop in Japan and was offered with free shipping. It arrived within 10 days, straight thro’ customs , no charges! I’ve wanted one for 35 years, we’ll worth the wait!

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