New Left Handed Guitar Store : XtremeLeftyGuitars.com

There’s a new left handed guitar store in town, and it’s called ‘Xtreme Lefty Guitars (XLG).  This brand new Florida, USA based company deals only in left handed guitars and basses, and should be well worth keeping an eye on.

As should be expected with a new store, the current stock is quite limited, but give it some time and this company looks to become a great source for left handed players located in North America.  XLG certainly has  an impressive range of brands in the pipeline, including some exclusive guitars from custom luthier Bernie Rico Jr!  At present the store’s showroom only appears to be viewable by pre-arranged appointment, but all stock is obviously available to order online.

The company also stocks a small range of accessories such as pickups, strings and company tshirts, as well as a selection of used guitars.

Xtreme Lefty Guitars Website

Here’s hoping that this new family run business can make a success out of their new venture! ;)

Andy James Talks About Left Handed Guitar

Andy James, shredmeister extraordinaire and well respected LickLibrary.com tutor recently took part in a webcast where he answered questions from many of his fans.  One question posed to him was from a lefty who had chosen to persue the right handed guitar path…

I’m a lefty playing a right handed guitar – been playing 6 years – practice about 6 hours a day – i still can only play Slayer at half speed – should I switch over to a lefty guitar?

Andy: I think if you are left handed, you should play a lefty guitar. Your left hand will control your picking and general timing and would be more natural for you to use the hand that you would use for anything else. Playing with the right hand might be weird at first but you will probably find that your technique will improve playing the right way.

As you know i’m completely fed up of right handed players giving poor guidance to lefties so it’s refreshing to see someone finally give some solid advice regarding playing left handed guitar.  The question posed here just really goes to show that some lefties just have to play left handed guitar, no questions asked.  It’s not even as if this guy is a casual player, six hours of practice a day is a lot, even for many professional players!

Southpaw Guitars – The World’s Largest Left Handed Guitar Store

Chances are, being a left handed guitar player you’ve probably heard of the famous Southpaw Guitar store.  Afterall, if you search Google for ‘left handed guitar’ Southpawguitars.com is the number one result to pop up! This week David Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle interviewed the owner, Jim Duncan.

Left handed guitars are hard to come by, which is why Southpaw Guitars thrives.

What’s viewed as a bother for most music instrument stores is Southpaw Guitars’ reason for being. It has almost 1,000 left handed guitars in-house — acoustic and electric.

The Internet benefits Duncan greatly, enabling him to reach lefties around the world. His 30-year-old business quadrupled when he began selling online in the late 1990s, he said.

He expects to take in $1.2 million this year, and the store has generated about $1 million in sales annually each of the past eight years.

‘A great niche’ – Left Handed Guitars!

“He’s found a great niche, since about one out of 10 people is lefthanded. That’s one of the best niche businesses I’ve ever heard of,” said Irwin Miller, a counselor with the Houston chapter of SCORE, a group advising small-business owners.

Today, a small business almost has to have a niche, whether it’s by offering specialized merchandise or offering exceptional service or expertise, Miller said, because you can’t go head-to-head with a mass merchandiser.