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Left-Handed Electric Guitars

A guitar is one of those instruments that requires both hands to play, but it’s the dominant hand that strums or picks the guitar. As such, if someone is predominantly left-handed, they often have a hard time learning how to play on a right-handed guitar. For this reason, both left-handed electric and left-handed dreadnought acoustic guitars are made, so that left-handed players can play just as easily as their right-handed friends. Remember, Jimi Hendrix was left-handed, so anything is possible with the proper left-handed guitar.

Left-Handed Guitars

Left-handed guitars are specifically manufactured for left-handed people. They may not look that different at first glance, but there are a few major difference between left-handed and right-handed guitars. Left-handed guitars have different string length, which causes a different string tension. This can change the frequency response and the pitch, but it also makes the guitar easier to hold for a left-handed person. A well-made left-handed electric guitar should sound no different than its right-handed cousin.

Types of Guitars

You’ll find the same types of guitars available as you would with right-handed guitars; they just may be tougher to find. You can easily find regular electric guitars, V-necks, electric bass guitars and other electric models perfectly constructed for left-handed players. Many of the same manufacturers of right-handed guitars also manufacture left-handed guitars. There are also other instruments made exclusively for left-handed players, such as ukuleles, backpackers, small guitars and mandolins.

Brand Options

Just as with regular electric guitars, there are a lot of recognisable and durable brands out there. Fender and Gibson make many left-handed electric models. You’ll also find left-handed models from Epiphone, Ibanez and ESP. It’s also worthwhile to check out small shops that manufacture exclusively left-handed guitars.

Left-Handed Acoustics

Many players learn electric after they learn acoustic, so if you’re just starting out, it may be worthwhile to have a left-handed acoustic on hand to help with the learning process. Similarly to a left-handed electric guitar, a left-handed acoustic will have different string length and position. Look for well-known brands such as Martin and Fender.

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