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! Very exciting news indeed.

A couple of slight caveats before we take a look at the guitars. 2017 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.

UPDATE OCTOBER 2016: Although Gibson had initially planned to produce left handed Explorers, Flying Vs and Firebirds, this is now no longer the case. This morning all dealers received an email from Gibson stating that they had changed their minds.

I know for a fact that several dealers had taken a ton of pre-orders for these, so it seems like a strange move to backtrack on the models that had most people excited. Clearly there’s a huge demand for these. Very frustrating!

The official statement I’ve received states that Les Pauls and SGs will be built around December, with the HP models following in January 2017. The S2 series might follow in September 2017.

Early Stock Now Available?

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2016: The first of the 2017 lefties have started to appear! At the time of writing Amazon in the USA has received a few Les Pauls and SGs, which you can check out by clicking here.

GearNuts Left Handed 2017 Left Paul

 

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

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. Pete
    Pete says:

    My dream is to get a a gibson explorer. thanks for ruining it gibson :(….. hope they changed their minds and do it next year just like you said john. if their is such a high demand of left handed gibson expolrers, Vs, and firebirds why not just do it gibson!!!!! ughhhh

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    • Adam
      Adam says:

      I’ve dreamed of a lefty Explorer for 15 years, so I was quite bummed out as well when they changed their minds, but my local dealer told me they changed their minds again in November, I ordered a lefty explorer in December 2016 and was told it would arrive within 2 months. I won’t believe it until I have it in my hands, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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