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BC Rich : Left Handed Guitar Models 2010

Time for another look at some more juicy left handed guitars.  This week we’re checking out the rather beastly BC Rich’s 2010 range of leftys.

Unfortunately BC Rich are one of the few brands who don’t really provide much in terms of left handed guitar options so this should be a fairly short article.  Although the mockingbird is a great design and personally I think the Exotic model is gorgeous we can’t help but wish for a better selection.

Mockingbird Special Left Handed Guitar

BC Rich Mockingbird Special Left Handed Guitar

These neck through guitars are scaled to 24 ¾” with a chunkier neck for that “Special” feel. With a deeply arched top, solid ½” maple caps, 5 ply binding and cloud inlays the Special has a classic appearance. Other features include a strategically positioned three way toggle switch, two volume and two tone controls, stop tailpiece and a tune-o-matic style bridge. and vintage specified Rockfield humbucker pickups. The Onyx features chrome pickup covers, complete white binding and chrome hardware.

Fender : Left Handed Electric Guitars 2010

Fender was founded in 1946 in California, USA by Leo Fender and is considered by many to be the biggest guitar company in the world.  So it’s only right that we take a look at what these giants of the guitar universe offer up to the left handed guitar players of the world…

Fender have a really nice selection of guitars available left handed and manage to cover all of the differing price ranges.  For obvious reasons only the basic models come with a large choice of finishes and fretboards, but luckily the higher-end models do come in finishes other than black so it’s all good!  Another excellent point to note about Fender is that they do not charge extra for their left handed guitar offerings which is encouraging to see.

The guitars are arranged by price, starting at the most expensive and working our way down to the budget models.

Fender American Vintage ’57 Stratocaster Reissue Left Handed Guitar

The Fender American Vintage 57 Stratocaster Electric Guitar is recreated in such awesome detail that even the most die-hard fanatic will love its sound, look and feel. Nitro-laquer vintage finish, hand detailed neck, resonant ash or alder body and aged alnico pickups are only the beginning of how much value and vibe you’ll get when you own one of these incredible guitars.

The American Vintage ’57 Stratocaster re-creates one of Fender’s most famous designs. All original specs are detailed including neck and headstock shapes, body radii and contours, 12th fret dot positioning, and hand beveled pickup magnets.

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Reissue Left Handed Electric Guitar

  • One-piece maple neck
  • Vintage style hardware
  • Original detailing
  • Vintage pickups
  • Hardshell case

Finishes : 2-Color Sunburst 

Left Handed PEOPLE On The Increase?

Don’t ask me why, but this afternoon I found myself browsing the New Scientist website for articles relating to being left handed.  I guess it’s just natural that a by-product of running a left handed guitar website is developing an interest in the reasoning behind our ‘gift’.

So following on from my article asking if numbers of left handed guitar players are increasing, this one should address the science behind why left handers in general are increasing. To quote the great Ben Affleck in his super-manly shampoo commercial…”here comes the science…

I read many interesting articles but the point that cropped up the most was that left handed people are becoming more and more common.  A study carried out by the University College London (UCL) found that the proportion of left handed people stood at just 3% of the population only 100 years ago, whereas now it has increased to 11%.

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.

Review – Ibanez ORM1L Omar Rodriguez Signature Guitar

This week we have a review of the rather unique Ibanez ORM1 Omar Rodriguez Lopez signature left handed guitar.  Usually I wouldn’t even consider a guitar with retro styled looks such as this one but then I noticed that it was a shorter 24” scale length and my curiosity got the better of me.

Okay, so it’s more a recount of my past month with the ORM1 than a proper review, but hopefully you can still take something from it.  Information on this guitar is rather thin on the ground so hopefully I can help point potential buyers in the right direction.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? NOT ENTIRELY…

I sauntered into my local guitar store exactly 4 weeks ago to the day intent on giving this interesting little guitar a thorough investigation. ‘Little’ is the keyword  here folks as this thing is tiny, I thought someone had mistakenly hung up a GuitarHero controller when I spotted it hiding in the corner. I was almost a little too embarrassed to request to give it a spin.

The sales rep grabbed it down for me and set me up in the store’s soundproof booth so we could have our intimate one-on-one session.  First off, let me tell you i’m glad the room was soundproof because this thing sounded HORRIBLE. To be fair there were a lot of factors affecting the sonic diarrhea taking place in that booth.  I was incredibly sweaty due to it being a beast of a day, I had no idea how to fine tune the amp, the action was ridiculously high and the ORM1 pickup was just weak sounding and incredibly shrill at the same time.