Looking for a left handed Squier guitar or bass, but not sure which models are available this year? Take a read through this article for a quick summary of the entire left handed Squier guitar range!
The current stable of southpaw models has remained the same for the past few years, having a good selection of key models available to suit most budgets. Personally I feel that the selection on offer is well balanced, catering to most players, but it would be great to see some slightly more exotic models such as mustangs, jaguars and the like making an appearance. Even if it was just a smaller, limited run.
Left Handed Squier Guitar & Bass 2016
From left to right: Affinity Strat, Affinity Tele, Standard Strat Black, Standard Strat Antique Burst, Classic Vibe 50s Strat, Classic Vibe 60s Strat, Classic Vibe 50s Tele, Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, Vintage Modified 70s Jazz Bass
Squier Affinity Series
The Affinity series is where many new guitarists will start out, as they are the most affordable left handed Squier Stratocaster and Telecaster models available. Both guitars are super versatile, lightweight and feature comfortable slim C-shaped necks, making them an ideal choice for beginner players.
The Affinity Strat certainly looks the part with its traditional sunburst finish, and thanks to its quality features, it sounds the part as well! A lightweight alder body is coupled with a maple neck and 21 fret rosewood fingerboard. A 5-way selector switch wired into three singlecoil pickups ensures that you will have a packed arsenal of sought after Strat tones to play with. A large 60s style headstock and vintage inspired tremolo gives this excellent little performer plenty of classic mojo.
The Affinity Telecaster comes in a beautiful transparent butterscotch blonde finish which displays the attractive figuring of the wood underneath. Like its Stratocaster brother, this left handed Squier Telecaster features an alder body and maple neck, but swaps the rosewood fingerboard for a lighter maple option. Two singecoil pickups and a traditional 3-way selector ensures that all of the sought after Telecaster tones are present and accounted for. A classy black pickguard completes the look of this vintage inspired model.
Squier Standard Series
The next step up from the Affinity models is the Standard Stratocaster, which is available left handed in both black metallic and antique burst. It’s a great choice for new players on a budget, but will also be able to satisfy a more advanced player due to its upgraded features.
It has an agathis body, 22 fret maple neck with rosewood fretboard and three powerful Alnico singlecoil pickups for a variety of sounds. It also features higher quality tuners, and a more modern 2-point tremolo, which should prove more stable than the vintage inspired tremolo on the Affinity model. A fantastic left handed Squier Stratocaster for those on a budget!
Squier Classic Vibe Series
The Classic Vibe Series are the cream of the crop when it comes to Squier’s left handed models. Southpaws have the choice of two Strats or one Telecaster, each inspired by guitars from a specific decade. In my opinion, these guitars are more than capable of going toe to toe with Standard, of even American Standard Fenders which cost significantly more. This is why I highly recommend them in the Newbie Guide. In terms of sheer value for money, the Classic Vibes are arguably the best left handed guitars around. In fact, I have two myself!
The Classic Vibe 50s Strat and Classic Vibe 60s Strat are both modelled after guitars from their respective eras, for bags of vintage vibe and tone. Each guitar has an alder body with 21 fret maple neck, and a maple fingerboard on the 50s and rosewood on the 60s. The white hardware on both is aged to give the cool faded look that an older guitar would have after many years of service. The three singecoil pickups contribute to what I personally think are the best sounding Stratocasters you can lay your hands on without spending some serious cash.
The Classic Vibe 50s Tele is based upon a typical Telecaster from the 1950s, and like the Strat above, is absolutely stunning value for money. Its beautiful pine body is clearly visible through its classic butterscotch blonde finish. A comfortable C-shaped maple neck is coupled with a 21 fret maple fingerboard. Finally, dynamically responsive single coil pickups have been custom designed to give that perfect crisp and rich tone that only a Tele can produce.
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
Finally, Squier also have a couple of great choices for southpaw bassists. One of these two is probably going to be the first port of call for beginner left handed bassists. The 70s model was my very first bass, and I liked it so much that I bought another!
The left handed Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass is the most affordable option here, and is available in a classy sunburst finish. A basswood body is coupled with a comfortable c-shaped maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Fender designed pickups ensure that all of the authentic, growling Fender tone that we love is present and accounted for.
And last but not least, is the 1970s inspired Vintage Modified Jazz Bass 70s, which is a very similar beast to the model above, albeit with a few tasty upgrades. The natural finish on this beautiful bass allows the stunning figuring on the maple body to remain visible. The maple neck has a maple fingerboard with classic black block inlays to complete the light and airy aesthetic on this model. This left handed Squier bass is absolutely dripping with 70s mojo and will definitely transport you back to a classic period in bass history.
The Squier website has become a section on the main Fender website, rather than the separate site that it used to occupy. Although there is no left handed section in place, each left handed Squier guitar and bass is clearly displayed separately, so they aren’t too difficult to find.
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Oh, and one last thing to remember.. It’s spelled SquiER – please don’t be one of those Squire people!