So you’re looking for the best beginner left handed electric guitars, huh? Let’s see if I can get you started…
This article lists a number of beginner left handed electric guitars that are still reasonably priced and should give you a solid introduction to your new hobby. As a good rule of thumb, if you stick with big name brands it is hard to go too far wrong. If you are buying for a child or would prefer a smaller guitar, check out my post on 3/4 sized left handed guitars.
What is the Best Left Handed Electric Guitar for Beginners?
Best Beginner Left Handed Electric Guitars 2020
- LyxPro Left Handed Electric Guitar Package
- Sawtooth Beginner Left Handed Electric Guitar Kit
- Squier Affinity Stratocaster Left Handed Guitar
- Yamaha Pacifica 112J Lefty Electric Guitar
- Squier Classic Vibe 60s Strat Left Handed
In case you are feeling impatient, these are my current top 5 left handed electric guitars for 2020. Find out more about them below! You’ll also find a few more awesome choices arranged by price.
But before we look at the guitars we need to think about one thing – pickups!
Do You Need Single-Coil or Humbucker Pickups?
The image above shows the two most common styles of electric guitar – on the left a Fender Stratocaster, and on the right a Gibson Les Paul. The thin pickups on the Stratocaster are called Single Coils, and the larger metal pickups on the Les Paul are Humbuckers.
Single-Coil – As you can probably guess from the name, these pickups are made using a single coil of wire. Typically they produce a bright, lively tone with low to moderate output which makes them better suited to clean or lower gain play styles. That’s not to say they can’t handle the heavier stuff, here’s a video of me using the Squier Strat shown above (and recommended below!) for some reasonably high gain music.
Humbuckers – These typically have a fatter sound and higher output than single-coil pickups, and are therefore a little more suited to styles of playing which use distortion. Although that’s not to say that they can’t handle cleaner tones as well – they just won’t be quite as bright and crisp sounding as a single-coil equipped option.
I would suggest that for your first guitar, it really doesn’t matter too much what you pick. You will be able to play any style of music on either option. That is, unless you want to rip out some high gain metal as soon as possible. You sir/madam, need humbuckers!
Enough talk! Let’s see the guitars!
Best Beginner Left Handed Electric Guitars 2020
Beginner Left Handed Electric Guitar Packages
If you don’t have the time to pick and choose everything you need, then a left handed electric guitar starter kit is going to give you the easiest route to getting going. There’s a couple of options I recommend, depending on whether you need a single-coil or humbucker equipped guitar. Let’s take a look…
Most of the kits listed below feature (Fender) Stratocaster style guitars. The Strat is the most popular guitar style in the world, and for good reason! It makes for a great first guitar because it is super versatile, has a comfortable contoured body, and is lightweight and easy to handle. Perfect!
On a tight budget, one of the best beginner left handed electric guitar packages that I happily recommend is the LyxPro kit shown above. This Stratocaster style kit comes in a choice of gorgeous transparent red or blue finishes, and includes everything you need to get started. i.e. a guitar, color matched 20 watt amplifier, tuner, gigbag, cable, spare strings, strap and picks. The value on offer here is nothing short of astonishing – how do they do it!? Check it out at the link above where you’ll also find a video demo!
For Those About to ROCK…
While the LyxPro package above is going to be ideal for most styles of music, what about if you want to tackle some heavier styles of rock and metal? Well for you, I recommend the humbucker equipped Rise packages by Sawtooth shown above. Don’t feel like these are only for heavier styles of music however, as they’ll be perfectly fine for almost any genre. These just have a little more grunt should you require it. They’re also significantly cheaper than the LyxPro model, so that might seal the deal for you! Just pick your favorite color!
Again, this package comes with everything you need to get started. This no-frills guitar is designed to be as simple as possible, with just a single humbucker pickup in the bridge position. It’s unlikely you’ll miss having a neck pickup, as if you’re into heavier music the bridge humbucker is what you’ll use 95% of the time anyway. It’s an ideal package which won’t overwhelm a beginner with too many bells and whistles.
Main features include a basswood body, maple neck and fingerboard, powerful bridge humbucker and tone/volume controls. The packs ship with a 10 watt amp which includes a headphone jack for quiet night-time practice. At under $100 this little gem of a package will get you rocking out without hurting your wallet.
To give you an idea of how well received these kits are – at the time of writing, the right handed versions are the number one, best-selling electric guitars on Amazon, with an average customer rating of 4.5/5. That’s an incredible feat when you consider how many 1000s of guitars the retail giant sells!
Best Beginner Left Handed Electric Guitars Around $200
Unlike the packages above, none of the guitars in the remainder of this article are bundled with amplifiers. So make sure to also check out Part Six of the Newbie Guide where I make choosing your first amp super simple!
Neal Says: The Squier Affinity series is where most new electric guitarists on a budget will start out. They’re affordable, look fantastic, play great, and you’ve got that famous name on the headstock, which means that they’ll hold their value over time!
Both guitars have an alder body coupled with a maple neck and your choice of maple or Indian laurel fingerboards. They will handle any genre of music comfortably, with the exception of heavy metal and other very high gain styles.
For around a $200 budget (slightly over!) these two are definitely your best choice – pick whichever style you like best, as both are very similar sound-wise. Another factor which may affect your decision is whether or not you would use the whammy bar on the Stratocaster model. All you need to ask yourself is whether you are a Strat or a Tele person.
Our friend Shane from InTheBlues has reviewed both models – check out the videos below to hear them in action!
Popular Left Handed Electric Guitars Under $300
- Yamaha Pacifica 112J – click here for info
The two Squiers above are fabulous guitars – BUT! If you are looking to rock out that little bit harder, you’ll probably need some powerful humbucker pickups, right? In this case, you’ll want to take a look at the award winning Yamaha Pacifica 112J which utilises a humbucker in the bridge position and is only very slightly more pricey than the Squiers. This versatile guitar also sports two single-coil pickups to give you the best of both worlds.
Other main features include a solid alder body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, a vintage-style tremolo bridge and a 5-way selector for a variety of different tones. It features a beautiful yellow natural satin finish which perfectly shows off the grain of the alder body underneath. I’ve personally owned three of these versatile little budget gems over the years!
As luck would have it, our friend Shane has also made a video showcasing this fantastic instrument – take a look!
Check it out at the link above.
Popular Left Handed Electric Guitars Under $400
- Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster – click here for info
- Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster – click here for info
- Squier Classic Vibe 70s Stratocaster – click here for info
- Squier Classic Vibe 60s Jazzmaster – click here for info
- Schecter C-6 Deluxe – click here for info
Neal Says: Are you starting to see a trend here? Squier once again claims the top spot. In my humble opinion, the Classic Vibe series from Squier are the best value electric guitars available – period. As you may be able to deduce from the name the Classic Vibe series is inspired by iconic vintage Fender models. I have an older Classic Vibe Strat myself (cheesy video) and the 50s Tele, and honestly prefer them over my USA Fenders which cost 3-4 times the price. One of these could potentially be your main guitar for life.
For a guitar capable of a thicker, crunchier sound check out the humbucker equipped Squier Classic Vibe 70s Stratocaster.
Finally, metal fans and budding shred maestros will love the Schecter C-6 Deluxe, with its stealthy looks and fast, thin neck. Main features include a basswood body, bolt-on maple neck with 24 fret rosewood fingerboard, and two powerful Schecter Diamond Plus humbuckers. The ideal beginner metal machine!
Any one of these will make a great beginner left handed electric guitar, but obviously if you are willing to drop a little more coin then things can only get better! As a beginner left handed electric guitar player the choice isn’t exactly overwhelming, but don’t worry, things get much better later on. And hey, it makes your decision right now much easier!
A Note on Scale Length
Scale length is defined as the distance between where the strings contact the nut and where they contact the bridge, i.e. the length of the string that will vibrate to produce a sound. Typically there are two common scale lengths – 24 3/4 inches and 25 1/2 inches. For the most part, Gibson style guitars (Les Pauls, SGs etc..) will utilise the shorter 24 3/4 inch length, while most other guitars will generally use the more common 25 1/2 inches.
All other things being equal, a longer scale length will result in increased string tension. This will give a slightly brighter sound with a tighter bottom end. The added tension will also make it slightly more difficult to bend strings. Shorter scale lengths will give a thicker, chunky lower end, and make string bending a little easier.
If you have smaller hands you may prefer to start with a 24 3/4 inch guitar such as a Les Paul or SG type due to the slightly shorter stretches required. Otherwise, don’t worry about it too much for now.
Next Task! If your chosen guitar didn’t come bundled with an amplifier, then head to Part Six below where I make choosing your first amp super easy. Otherwise, Part Eight will hook you up with a few extra inexpensive accessories that you’ll need to get off to the best start.
Still have questions? Feel free to send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Part One : Tips Before You Buy
Part Two : Beginner Electric Guitars
Part Three : Beginner Acoustic Guitars
Part Four : Beginner Bass Guitars
Part Five : Beginner Classical Guitars
Part Six : Amps
Part Seven : Effects
Part Eight : Accessories
Part Nine : Lessons