Left Handed Guitar Store Directory

Neal Beedie September 23, 2012 28

Left Handed Guitar Directory

I receive emails on a daily basis asking if we have certain guitars listed on the site in stock. This is despite the fact that LeftyFretz is not a guitar store, and despite the fact that the contact page clearly states we are not a store.

So I thought it would be a good idea to start putting together a list of the places which actually are stores! But not just any old stores – let’s make a list of all of the shops who specialise in left handed guitars from around the world.

Left Handed Guitar Stores Directory

Jerry’s Lefty Guitars – Florida, USA
Jerry Welch’s store is based in Sarasota, Florida and specialises in mainly higher-end guitars.
Website : Jerry’s Lefty Guitars

LeftyGuitars – Putte, Belgium
LeftyGuitars is one of Europe’s only left handed guitar specialists and is located near Antwerpen in Belgium.
Website : LeftyGuitars

LeftyGuitarsOnly – Rhode Island, USA
LeftyGuitarsOnly is one of the newest southpaw guitar stores to arrive on the scene. They have decided to specialise in higher-end left handed guitars and as a result, have some of the nicest guitars around – give them a look if your wallet is feeling flush!
Website : LeftyGuitarsOnly

Left Hand Bear – Norwich, UK
Left Hand Bear are a little different to the rest in that they specialise in left handed folk instruments. So this store might be your first port of call if you are interested in banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, resonators and the like.
Website : Left Hand Bear

Left Hand Gear – Essen, Germany
Left Hand Gear is based in Germany and holds a small stock of interesting southpaw guitars.  As well as selling guitars they also sell a variety of left handed parts such as necks, bodies and hardware.
Website : Left Hand Gear 

Pancho’s Leftys – Michigan, USA
Pancho’s Leftys is located in Michigan, USA and has a great selection of left handed guitars and basses. The website also keeps a photo gallery of previously sold guitars which is always great viewing.
Website : Panchos Leftys

PK’s Music – Perth, Australia
Here’s one for the Ozzies – PK’s Music is run by Peter Kelly and is based near Perth in Western Australia. The store has been open since 1985, making it one of the oldest around!
Website : PK’s Music

Southpaw Guitars – Texas, USA
Possibly the longest running lefty specialist store in the world! Southpaw Guitars is based in Houston, Texas and has a wideranging selection of instruments available for purchase.
Website : Southpaw Guitars

Taniguchi-Gakki – Tokyo, Japan
A great choice for Japanese southpaw guitarists, Taniguchi Gakki have been operating since 1937 in Tokyo.  They carry a great selection of left handed guitars and basses.  English speaking customers might need a translation plugin to properly view the site however ;)
Website : Taniguchi-Gakki 

Xtreme Lefty Guitars – Massachusetts, USA
Xtreme Lefty Guitars (XLG) is a family run business based in Pembroke, Massachusetts and specialises in left handed guitars aimed at the rock and metal demographic. They often commission special runs from certain brands, so you may find that some of the guitars on offer here are not available anywhere else!
Website : Xtreme Lefty Guitars

Lefty Friendly Stores

Regular guitar stores with better than average left handed sections.  To me, the criteria is a decent selection of guitars which isn’t just made up of the usual Fender/Gibson guitars that every other store sells.

Adirondack Guitars (USA)
Dave’s Guitars (USA)
DrumCityGuitarLand (USA)
Guitar Amp Keyboard (UK)
GuitarGuitar (UK)
RondoMusic (USA)
Sam Ash (USA)
Strings Direct (UK)
Sweetwater (USA)

If there are some great lefty (or lefty friendly) stores in your neck of the woods leave a comment below!  No doubt I’ve missed plenty of great establishments.

28 Comments »

  1. Ayman September 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Shame there is nothing in Asia. In my country, there is no such thing as left handed guitars.

  2. Keith September 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    In Tokyo, there’s an all lefty shop called Taniguchi Gakki located in the neighborhood of Ochanomizu. Their website is here: http://www.taniguchi-gakki.jp/

    If you’re in Tokyo, it’s quite an impressive place to visit.

    • Robert Hamilton October 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      I just had a great experience with Taniguchi Gakki. It took a few days to get an answer to my inquiry, but when I did, the transaction was really easy– they use PayPal.

      They took a lot of care packing the guitar, and even sent me photos of an employee holding my guitar, then wrapping it up, and putting it into the shipping boxes. I’ve never had customer service like that before.

      It arrived about 3 days later, and I didn’t have to pay any duty charges.

      My guitar is great. This place is Lefty Heaven!

      • Neal October 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm - Reply

        Thanks guys, added :)

  3. m.c. September 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    www.lefthandgear.de from essen, germany.

    • Neal October 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Added, thanks for the link :)

  4. Timothy Pierre September 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Dave’s Guitar Shop in Lacrosse, Wisconsin has a greater than average left handed guitar supply. I just orders a Gibson Custom SG Standard VOS and the turnaround from order to shipment was less than 8 hours.

    Gibson lefties: http://davesguitar.com/products/type/left-handed-guitars/series/gibsonl

    Fender lefties: http://davesguitar.com/products/type/left-handed-guitars/series/FenderL

    PRS, Gretsch, etc. http://davesguitar.com/products/type/left-handed-guitars/series/miscleft

    • Neal October 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Added, thanks Timothy :)

  5. kevin October 3, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Start of a good list, would be nice to see this grow!

  6. kevin October 3, 2012 at 10:23 am - Reply

    actually, in the UK:

    http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/lefties

  7. kevin October 3, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Not sure why guitarguitar is in there, not much of a lefty selection at any of the stores surely …

    • Neal October 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      It’s there because it has the UK’s largest selection of left handed guitars. If you check the link, they currently have over 200 in stock.

  8. kevin October 5, 2012 at 9:43 am - Reply

    plus the fact they’re overpriced, and I still maintain and ask why they’re in the list, they’re not outstanding lefty wise.

    • Mike October 6, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Do you not see the irony in your comment? You post a link to a ‘good’ lefty store who have 40-50 lefties in stock, and then claim Guitarguitar (it has already been mentioned that they have over 200 to choose from) have a poor range? There’s a bit of a logic fail there…

      I live in the UK and it is very clear that Guitarguitar is the best for lefties here by a country mile. No one else comes close at the moment.

  9. Levi October 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I know of a site that is not totally geard towards lefty, but they do have a large section of left handed guitars. They are Rainbow Guitars more specifically they have some really nice vintage lefties…that would be tough to find otherwise. I am sure they would love to be included in your list. http://www.rainbowguitars.com/guitar/electric/left-handed/2222/c/

    • Neal October 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      I’m a little confused. The link you posted shows that they only have 6 lefty electric guitars in stock, none of which are vintage.

  10. Ryan Wiltermood October 20, 2012 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Sweetwater is a lefty friendly retailer. We can get many guitars that are not on the website too.

    I am a lefty always pushing for more variety.

    Cheers,

    Ryan

    • Neal October 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ryan, looks like you have a pretty nice selection there. Added.

  11. Ryan Wiltermood October 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Neal,

    Thank you and LeftyFretz. This site rocks and is super informative. We are a small but mighty group that deserves options too.

    Keep up the great work!

    Ryan Wiltermood

  12. Mark October 26, 2012 at 7:42 am - Reply

    One from the UK who are left-hand friendly .. http://www.dawsons.co.uk/guitars/electric-guitars/left-handed-electric-guitars

  13. Louise November 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Thomann is pretty good for lefties- I got a great left handed fretless bass from them :)

  14. Duster November 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I’d add to your “Lefty Friendly” list:

    Guitar Adoptions

    www.guitaradoptions.com

    They have a lefty section on their website, and are a G&L / Larivee dealer. Great shop!

  15. Staci January 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Hey there, You’ve done an excellent job. I’ll definitely digg it and
    personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from
    this website.

  16. Keith Mackintosh May 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Great list Neal. Some of those stockists like GuitarGuitar have done an amazing job catering for the lefties with such a large range of instruments.

    We’re a small independent so can’t carry anything like as much stock but we always carry a range of Fender’s (http://www.rainbowmusiconline.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=left+handed) and we’re hoping to do something special for ‘Left Handers Day’ in August!

  17. Tex Monroe June 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I was about to suggest https://monikerguitars.com for a source for custom order lefties, since they take orders directly, but I just noticed you recently posted a review of them! I ordered a custom lefty and am eagerly awaiting it to be built (4 week lead time). Anyway, might be nice to have them listed here in your directory. Nice folks and they have great options!
    –Tex

    • Neal June 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      I’d be very interested to see how that turns out Tex! Please drop me an email if you get a chance (contact forum at the top of the page).

  18. les August 18, 2013 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Artie’s guitars at the Aspley hypermarket, Aspley, Brisbane Australia. they carry a good range of left handed acoustic and electrics. I was amazed to find a left handed 12 string just hanging on the wall along with all the other stock. I bought it on the spot.

  19. S Wolf March 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    There’s usually a nice selection at Matt Umanov Guitars in New York City. They don’t have as many lefties as righties, but they have interesting things that you can’t find at Guitar Center.

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