Gibson : Left Handed Guitars & Basses 2017

Left Handed Gibson Guitars 2017

Guess who’s back, back again… Gibson’s back, tell a friend! And about time too…

That’s right folks, after a lengthy THREE YEAR DROUGHT, Gibson USA is once again making left handed guitars! Pretty much the entirety of the new 2017 range will be available in a southpaw option (including Flying Vs and Explorers!!), so this is very exciting news indeed.

A couple of slight caveats before we take a look at the guitars. Left handed Gibson guitars will come a little later than the righties, with production expected to begin around December 2016 – no big deal! Also, lefties will be available by pre-order only, which means that your dealer will specifically have to order the models that they want in advance. Although after the 3 year drought, dealers would be daft not to stock up on plenty of key left handed models!

You might want to start hassling your local stores and dealers now though, just to be safe.. 😉

Pricing Information

These guitars haven’t appeared on the Gibson website yet, however Amazon has most of the (right handed) models listed already. Click here to take a look and get an idea of pricing and full specifications. Here in the UK, the lefties are the same price as the righties, so I assume this should be the same worldwide.

Traditional Versus High Performance

Us lefties have never fully experienced the Traditional (T) and High Performance (HP) options that Gibson is currently offering, so let’s quickly look at the differences between the two. Almost every 2017 guitar (basses and S-Series excluded) comes as either a Traditional or High Performance model, so you’ll need to know…

Gibson High Performance vs Traditional Les Paul

In a nutshell, the Traditional models stick with the classic, tried and tested designs and hardware. You’ll get options such as traditional locking tuners, rolled binding, classic neck profiles, and historic plastics and hardware. Essentially, everything you know and love about Gibson’s heritage.

High Performance models take these classic designs and supercharge them, bringing them fully into the 21st century. Features include upgraded tops, automatic G-Force tuners, a locking titanium zero-fret nut, a revolutionary pickup wiring system which allows over 150 different tonal options, a fast access neck heel, aluminium hardcase, etc, etc. You get the picture, lots of cool new modern gizmos! At a higher price of course.

In all of the images below I’ve placed the Traditional models on the left, and High Performance on the right.

2017 Left Handed Gibson Guitars

Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Standard 2017

2017 Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Standard

  • Body : Mahogany with Ultra-Modern Weight Relief
  • Top : AAA Maple (AAAA on HP)
  • Neck : Mahogany Slim-Taper
  • Fretboard : Rosewood Compound Radius
  • Pickups : Burstbucker Pro Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Bourbon Burst, Blueberry Burst, Honey Burst

Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2017

2017 Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Traditional

  • Body : Mahogany (No Weight Relief)
  • Top : AA Maple (AAA on HP)
  • Neck : Mahogany
  • Fretboard : Dark Rosewood
  • Pickups : Burstbucker 1 & 2 Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Honey Burst, Heritage Sunburst, Antique Burst

Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Studio 2017

2017 Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Studio

  • Body : Mahogany with Ultra-Modern Weight Relief
  • Top : A-Grade Plain Maple
  • Neck : Mahogany Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Dark Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson 490R/498T Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Wine Red, Black Cherry Burst, Ebony

Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Classic 2017

2017 Lefty Gibson Les Paul Classic

  • Body : Mahogany with 9-Hole Weight Relief
  • Top : A-Grade Plain Maple
  • Neck : Mahogany Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Dark Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson Zebra ’57 Classic Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Gold Top, Green Ocean Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst

Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Tribute 2017

2017 Lefty Gibson Les Paul Tribute

  • Body : Mahogany with 9-Hole Weight Relief
  • Top : A-Grade Plain Maple
  • Neck : Mahogany Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Medium Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson 490R/490T Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Gold Top, Faded Honeyburst

Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Faded 2017

2017 Lefty Gibson Les Paul Faded

  • Body : Mahogany with Ultra Modern Weight Relief
  • Top : Maple
  • Neck : Maple Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Medium Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson 490R/490T Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Worn Brown, Worn Cherry

Left Handed Gibson SG Standard 2017

2017 Left Handed Gibson SG Standard

  • Body : Mahogany
  • Neck : Mahogany Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Medium Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson ’57 Classic Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Ebony, Cherry Burst, Heritage Cherry

Left Handed Gibson SG Special 2017

2017 Lefty Gibson SG Special

  • Body : Mahogany
  • Neck : Mahogany Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Medium Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson 490R/490T Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Satin Cherry, Satin Vintage Sunburst

Left Handed Gibson SG Faded 2017

Lefty Gibson USA Faded 2017

  • Body : Mahogany
  • Neck : Maple  Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Medium Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson 490R/490T Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Worn Cherry, Worn Brown

Left Handed Gibson Firebird 2017

2017 Left Handed Gibson Firebird

  • Body : Mahogany
  • Neck : Mahogany/Walnut Slim Taper Neck-Through
  • Fretboard : Dark Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson 495R/495T Mini Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Vintage Sunburst, Pelham Blue

Left Handed Gibson Firebird Studio 2017

2017 Lefty Gibson USA Firebird Studio

  • Body : Mahogany
  • Neck : Mahogany
  • Fretboard : Dark Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson 496R/496T Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Vintage Sunburst, Pelham Blue

Left Handed Gibson Flying V 2017

Left Handed Gibson Flying V 2017

  • Body : Mahogany
  • Neck : Mahogany Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Light Grenadillo
  • Pickups : Gibson Dirty Fingers Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Ebony, Alpine White

Left Handed Gibson Explorer 2017

2017 Left Handed Gibson Explorer

  • Body : Mahogany
  • Neck : Mahogany Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Medium Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson 496R/496T Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Ebony, Heritage Cherry

Left Handed Gibson EB Bass 2017 (4 and 5-String)

Left Handed Gibson EB Bass 2017

  • Body : Swamp Ash
  • Neck : Maple
  • Fretboard : Medium Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson EB Rhythm/Lead Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Satin Vintage Sunburst, Natural Satin

Gibson S Series

New for 2017 is the lower priced Gibson USA S Series. Right now I’m still awaiting confirmation of left handed availability from Gibson, so please don’t get too excited about these just yet. At the moment, one dealer has told me that lefties will be an option, so fingers crossed they are correct. In additional to the 3 below, there will be a further 2 models available in the S Series which I will add as soon as I am able.

Update Sep 14th. I have been made aware that the S Series will be available exclusively from Amazon in the UK, and possibly Amazon and GuitarCenter in the USA. A small order window was available to order these, so chances are there won’t be many (if any!) lefties to be had. Let’s see how things pan out.

Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Custom Studio 2017

Gibson Les Paul Custom Studio 2017 Left Handed

  • Body : Swamp Ash
  • Neck : Maple  Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Light Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson DS-A5/DS-A5+Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Denim Blue, Burgundy Plum, Scarlett Red, Reptile Green, Charcoal Black, Whiskey Gold

Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Custom Special 2017

2017 Gibson USA Left Handed Les Paul Custom Special

  • Body : Mahogany
  • Neck : Maple  Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Light Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson DS-C/DS-C+Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Radiant Red, Ebony (Brown or White PG), Pelham Blue, Rose Gold, Light Green, Wine Red, Titanium Grey

Left Handed Gibson M2 2017

2017 Left Handed Gibson M2

  • Body : Poplar
  • Neck : Maple  Slim Taper
  • Fretboard : Light Rosewood
  • Pickups : Gibson M2SS17 Humbuckers
  • Colors (L to R) : Bright Cherry, Ebony, Phantom Grey, Teal, Strawberry Milk, Citron Green

Pricing Information

These guitars haven’t appeared on the Gibson website yet, however Amazon has most of the (right handed) models listed already. Click here to take a look and get an idea of pricing and full specifications. Here in the UK, the lefties are the same price as the righties, so I assume this should be the same worldwide.

If you are in the UK/Europe, many of these guitars are available to pre-order right now at guitarguitar.

For more information:
Gibson Website

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  1. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Isn’t it great? After so many damn years of not being able to buy a V or an Explorer, we are finally going to have the chance. Not including the lovely standards and classics too. For a change, NICE ONE GIBSON!!!!

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