Yamaha : Left Handed Guitars 2011

Neal Beedie July 31, 2011 5

The Yamaha Corporation was founded in Japan in 1887 by Torakusu Yamaha.  Today Yamaha has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments, as well as being a leading supplier of electrical and sporting goods.

Unfortunately the world’s largest musical instrument brand also has one of the smallest ranges of left handed guitars.  Currently Yamaha only offer three of their guitar models in a left handed variation, and all are acoustics.  Fairly disappointing!

Let’s take a look at the left handed guitars available from Yamaha…

Yamaha FG720SL Left Handed Acoustic Guitar

Yamaha FG720SL Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Top Solid Sitka Spruce
Back Eastern Mahogany
Side Eastern Mahogany
Neck Nato
Fingerboard Rosewood
Bridge Rosewood
Body Depth 100-118 mm (3 15/16″-4 5/8″)
String Length 650 mm (25 9/16″)
Color Natural
Finish Gloss

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Yamaha LL16L Left Handed Acoustic Guitar

Yamaha LL16L Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Body Jumbo Type
Top Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back Solid Rosewood
Side Solid Rosewood
Neck Mahogany, Padauk (3 ply)
Fingerboard Ebony
Bridge Ebony
Body Depth 100-125 mm (3 15/16″-4 15/16″)
Nut Width 44 mm (1 3/4″)
String Length 650 mm (25 9/16″)
Tuners Diecast Gold
Color Natural
Finish Gloss

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Yamaha APX700L Left Handed Electro-Acoustic Guitar

Yamaha APX700L Left Handed Electro-Acoustic Guitar Lefty

Top Solid Spruce
Back Nato
Side Nato
Neck Nato
Fingerboard Rosewood
Bridge Rosewood
Body Depth 80-90 mm (3 1/8″-3 9/16″)
Nut Width 43 mm (1 11/16″)
String Length 650 mm (25 9/16″)
Tuners Diecast Gold (TM-29)
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Preamp System56 1way A.R.T.

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Yamaha Website

The Yamaha website is a confusing place for the left handed player.  The AP700L is listed separately, however the FG720S only has a small note in the description, and the LL16L has no mention anywhere of being available left handed.

However, the Yamaha customer service team was excellent and quickly replied to my questions.

For more information:
Yamaha Guitars Website

5 Comments »

  1. Akshay July 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Hey woah woah! There are some electric leftys from Yamaha in the Pacifica range! I know coz I was planning to buy one myself, n I’ve tried it myself. It comes in S-S-S as well as H-S-S combination!

    • Neal July 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Akshay, the left handed Pacificas have been discontinued for a while now, although you can still find them here and there. I have to admit I’ve never heard of a lefty SSS Pacifica, maybe you know something I don’t?

      The information in this article came directly from Yamaha customer services.

  2. Akshay July 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Ohh ok! Discontinued.. too bad. They seemed kinda good! The one I tried out here was a *black* SSS Yamaha.. :D

    • Neal July 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      I’ll rename the article to avoid any confusion, should be the 2011 range only, my bad. I did a quick Google search and couldn’t find anything on a lefty SSS Pacifica, that could be something special :D Great guitars for sure though, I’ve had 3 of them in the natural finish over the years and my Dad has one that never gets used.

  3. gio July 7, 2012 at 12:55 am - Reply

    The Pacifica 112jl is a left-handed model

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