Patrick James Eggle : Left Handed Acoustic Guitars

Neal Beedie May 12, 2011 1

Patrick James Eggle Guitars is a UK based company who specialise in high-end acoustic guitars.  The guitars are all designed and built in England from where they are shipped to guitar players from all corners of the globe.

The company produces all eight of their guitars left handed at no additional charge, which is excellent to see!  Left handed guitar models are not kept in stock however, and as a result will need to be custom ordered which will incur a build time of roughly 8-12 weeks.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer from this UK company…

Patrick James Eggle Etowah Left Handed Acoustic Guitar

With a 12 fret neck, shorter scale length and wider string spacing, the Etowah is an instrument built for fingerstyle players.

Patrick James Eggle Etowah Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Soundboard: Alaskan Sitka Spruce
Back& Sides: Indian Rosewood
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Cocobolo
Nut & Saddle: Polished Bone
Tuners: Waverly nickel

Patrick James Eggle Saluda Lefty Acoustic Guitar

The Saluda is a nice all round guitar. Great for heavy strumming and picking alike.

Patrick James Eggle Saluda Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Soundboard: Alaskan sitka spruce
Back& Sides: Flamed Maple
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Cocobolo
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Tuners: PJE classic chrome 18:1

Patrick James Eggle Saluda Cutaway Left Handed Acoustic Guitar

The Saluda C has a big sound and great looks. Indian rosewood and Canadian cedar result in a lovely warm tone with clearly audible harmonics.

Patrick James Eggle Saluda Cutaway Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Soundboard: Canadian Cedar
Back& Sides: Indian Rosewood
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Myrtlewood
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Tuners: PJE classic chrome 18:1

Patrick James Eggle Saluda 12-String Lefty Acoustic Guitar

A 12-string version of the Saluda.  The image below shows a lovely example with a Canadian red cedar top and “book of kells” trim.

Patrick James Eggle Saluda 12-String Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Soundboard: Canadian red cedar
Back& Sides: East Indian Rosewood
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Cocobolo
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Tuners: Gotoh 510 black chrome

Patrick James Eggle Linville Left Handed Acoustic Guitar

PJE’s OM size model, where they have combined sitka spruce with sapele mahogany. While mahogany may not exhibit the prominent bass of rosewood, it has a very sweet sound. It is a more direct tone with fewer audible overtones and harmonics making this a great recording guitar.

Patrick James Eggle Linville Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Soundboard: Alaskan Sitka Spruce
Back& Sides: Sapele
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Myrtlewood
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Tuners: PJE classic chrome 18:1

Patrick James Eggle Linville Cutaway Lefty Acoustic Guitar

A cutaway version of the Linville model, but featuring select Indian rosewood back and sides with an Alaskan sitka spruce top. Stronger mids and a little brighter than the Saluda cutaway model, the sitka spruce top results in a guitar that has a little more sparkle.

Patrick James Eggle Linville Cutaway Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Soundboard: Alaskan sitka spruce
Back& Sides: Indian rosewood
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Cocobolo
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Tuners: PJE classic chrome

Patrick James Eggle Kanuga Left Handed Acoustic Guitar

PJE’s slope shouldered dreadnought guitar has a big sound. The Canadian cedar top and rosewood back and sides ensure strong bass with dark overtones.

Patrick James Eggle Kanuga Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Soundboard: Canadian Cedar
Back& Sides: Indian Rosewood
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Cocobolo
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Tuners: PJE classic chrome 18:1

Patrick James Eggle Parlour Lefty Acoustic Guitar

Here is PJE’s long awaited parlour model guitar.  Small as it is – just 13 5/8″ wide, it is sympathetically lightly braced and voiced to achieve a full and open tone.

Patrick James Eggle Parlour Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Soundboard: Alaskan sitka spruce
Back& Sides: East indian rosewood
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Cocobolo
Nut & Saddle: Polishd bone / tusq
Tuners: Waverly nickel

Patrick James Eggle Website

The Patrick James Eggle website employs a classy but simplistic layout which is easy to navigate, and there are plenty of detailed images to gaze upon.  However, as with many guitar company websites there is no information about left handed models, and as a result I had to contact Patrick to obtain this information.  A simple fix though!

For more information:
Patrick James Eggle Guitars Website

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