Wondering which left handed PRS guitars are currently available? Let’s take a look!
At the time of writing the current range only includes two guitars from the SE series, however, there are Core Series, and Wood Library/Private Stock options which you may find at specialist dealers. For example, check out our friends over at LeftyGuitarsOnly.
There are also older and limited edition PRS left-handed models available on the second-hand market. For example, check out the previous selection of SE Custom 24s or the newer limited edition Sand Blasted SEs which were exclusive to Europe.
But what’s available right now? Let’s see…
Does PRS Make Left Handed Guitars?
Yes! At the time of writing PRS currently offers 2 left handed guitars, both Custom 24 models from the more affordable SE range. These left handed PRS guitars are currently available in either Faded Blue Burst or Charcoal Burst finishes.
In my article ‘why are left-handed guitars more expensive?‘, I spoke with PRS to find out more about why they produce such a small number of lefties. It’s interesting reading if you have a few minutes spare!
In addition, in a 2015 Reddit AMA (ask me anything), Paul Reed Smith claimed that just 0.5% of guitarists play left handed. So this could help to explain why the brand is so reluctant to build many southpaws. Here is the full quote:
“I was told the left handed market was 5%..1 out of 20. It’s not. Its 1/2 of 1%..1 out of 200. The thing about left handed guitars is that if your going to do it right the following list has to all be done backwards: the cases, nut slots, side dots, neck carve, body shape, knob numbers, bridge, pot tapers, and the owner’s manual is written in French.”
Left Handed PRS Guitars
At the moment, the only left handed guitar on offer is from the SE series. SE stands for ‘Student Edition’, and comprises a range of affordable guitars aimed primarily at beginner and intermediate players.
Although these guitars are at the lower end of PRS’ price range, these models also make great workhorse guitars and are regularly seen in the hands of professional players.
PRS SE Custom 24 Left Handed
At the time of writing the PRS SE Custom 24 left handed is the only southpaw model that PRS is offering from stock.
The Custom 24 is the design that started it all for PRS, and is perfect for bedroom guitarists or studio/gig playing alike. PRS has been experimenting quite a bit over the last couple of years with southpaw SEs, so hopefully, the fact that these are still here means that these versatile workhorse guitars are here to stay.
The PRS SE Custom 24 left handed is available in a choice of two colors – Faded Blue Burst, or Charcoal Burst.
- Body : Mahogany
- Top : Beveled Maple w/ Flamed Maple veneer
- Neck : Maple (Wide Thin)
- Fingerboard : 24 Fret Rosewood
- Bridge : PRS Tremolo
- Tuners : PRS Designed
- Controls : Volume and Tone (Push/Pull), 3-Way Blade Selector.
- Pickups : PRS 85/15 “S” Humbuckers
- Finishes : Faded Blue Burst or Charcoal Burst
You can see and hear the new Faded Blue Burst finish in action in the new video from PRS below.
PRS Left Handed Private Stock
As we’ve already touched on above, we do still have the option of PRS Private Stock guitars for players who are feeling pretty flush. For those who don’t know, Private Stock is essentially the custom shop division at PRS.
Private Stock guitars offer the highest levels of customization, using only the best quality woods that you wouldn’t find on standard models. If you’d like, you can even go to the PRS factory and hand-select the woods yourself. Every guitar is a unique, handmade work of art.
I mean, just take a look at this insane creation that our friends over at LeftyGuitarsOnly had in earlier this year! I think this has got to be one of the most interesting and unusual left handed guitars I’ve ever seen.
Learn how you can design your perfect custom guitar without any graphics knowledge! You can then feel much more confident about ordering a Private Stock model from PRS.
PRS Lefty Wishlist
The two guitars above are the current extent of the southpaw stable, but what would you like to see next?
Personally, I’d love to see a left handed PRS Silver Sky, especially in the new limited edition Nebula finish! It would also be great to see a new PRS Custom 24 left handed model from the Core series, as well as perhaps an SE left handed PRS Singlecut.
What do you think?
Frequently Asked Questions
What Players Use PRS Guitars?
PRS has a good range of artists on their roster, many of whom have their own signature models. For example, Mark Tremonti, Carlos Santana, John Mayer, Mark Holcomb, Mark Lettieri, and Alex Lifeson amongst many others.
Fellow lefty Paulo Morete is also a PRS endorsee!
Where Are PRS Guitars Made?
The majority of the premium range of PRS guitars are handmade in Maryland, USA. The SE Series of electric guitars are built in either Indonesia or South Korea. Finally, the SE Series acoustic guitars are made in China.
For more information:
PRS Guitars Website