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reverend mikey
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Apr 24th, 2014 10:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...at Guitar Center, and they have somewhere between $500-$2,000 in left-handed guitars in stock!

I know - they're a forum sponsor, but it just fries my pancakes that every Guitar Center I walk into it's the same old disappointment!

I'm in the Denver area for a couple days - DENVER! It's a HUGE city. I walk into the Arvada Guitar Center (right across the highway from my hotel) and I see exactly one cheap Ibanez electric (in BLACK), one MIM Tele (hanging way high up on the wall where I can't reach it without asking for help) and one Ibanez acoustic electric - the same model I see in every GC I walk into!

I played the Ibanez acoustic for a few minutes (please understand - I have a 33 year old lefty Ibanez acoustic at home - it was my only lefty for YEARS, so I'm partial to/fond of Ibanez!). But it has the tone of a wet piece of bread - totally dead. I don't think even new strings could help it.

Sad.

Two of the employees walked through the acoustic room, wanting to know if they could help me. When I told them I was left-handed, and made the comment about $10M in inventory and only around $1K of lefty in stock, the one guy says, "We can order you anything."

Really? Is that what you tell all the right-handed players that walk in there? Such B.S.

Hope I haven't offended anyone. It's just that I don't think it would hurt GC to invest a little more in some higher end, quality US made left-handed instruments, since - as their own employee said - they can order any of them in and have them there in a few days.

Rant off.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 12:05 AM, Apr 25th, 2014)

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Apr 25th, 2014 03:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Could be worse Mikey! You could live in Australia

but whole heartedly agree with your statement.

reverend mikey
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Apr 26th, 2014 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So you're saying you don't see many (any?) lefties in shops down under?

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Apr 26th, 2014 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's the story of my life. First strat I ever got was in the 80's. Fender was producing guitars only in Japan at the time. I was informed by American Musical Supply that it would take 6 months to "never" for one to be ordered and arrive since they did not keep any left handed inventory on hand locally.

By the time I had my money saved up, the guy on the phone said "Wait a minute, I think we've got one that somebody ordered and never claimed" (Got sick of waiting and moved on). So I got that one. Still my favorite, but nearly impossible to have come by.

If it weren't for Ebay and the Internets, I'd probably still be out of luck.


reverend mikey
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Apr 26th, 2014 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was looking at the Gibson acoustics on their website today (slightly tempted by a J-35), but from what I've heard, Gibson Montana (acoustics) aren't currently making many lefties. I just checked e-bay, and only saw one that looked somewhat interesting, a used lefty Songwriter that's currently at @ $795. But - that's not really the model I'm looking for!

Also heard Gibson wasn't in any hurry to make many electric lefties for 2014 either...they've gone back and forth from "everything is available lefty" to "not right now."

The Larrivee L body is similar to a Gibson J body, and Larrivee makes EVERYTHING in lefty, and will do special orders. So if I want something - even something "custom" - like an L body with a hog top and body with snakewood or koa binding, I can order that. No upcharge for lefty, either.

Companies like Yamaha and Ibanez make very few lefty models for international sales, but I'm thinking they might make a few more of their MIJ models available left-handed for the Japanese market, but I don't have any proof of that. (My daughter lives in Japan - so I plan to find out someday - I've heard there's a lefty guitar shop in Tokyo.) I think Tokai makes lefties, but those are hard to find over here as well.

Sorry to ramble on ...


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Apr 27th, 2014 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So you're saying you don't see many (any?) lefties in shops down under?"

Pretty Much Mikey

Went in to the big smoke over easter to watch Gov't Mule and spent the next day trying to spend my money on a guitar

1st shop surprisingly had a Lefty Electromatic 5120 style - it actually played okay but not spending $1400 on a Made in China guitar

2nd shop I went to the largest guitar store in Sydney that had well over 100 les paul's on the wall had one epiphone lp and Gibson SG in left hand at stupid prices this store has over 200 guitars and only 2 lefties that's why I shop OS either Dave's guitar, Ishibashi or Tanni Gauik (sp)



reverend mikey
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Apr 27th, 2014 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not positive, but I think those Gretsch's are made in S. Korea, not China. I'm sure there are some that might be MIC (the solid bodied ones?), but I know the Tim Armstrong one and a few of the other hollow bodies are made in S. Korea.

. Korea is also where the new D'Angelico's are made, and they're priced between $1,300 and $1,600 street now - prices went up about $100-$150 on those around Jan. of 2014... that's pretty rich for Asian made guitars.

I sent back the D'Angelico I tried mostly because of the price for an Asian guitar - just too steep; I knew I'd get killed on resale if I didn't keep it.

Texican

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Apr 27th, 2014 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mickey, I know how you feel. I was in Dallas recently and ran into the same situation as you did in Denver. Lucky for me, Southpaws is 30 to 45 minutes away (depending upon traffic) to solve any fix I may need.

That said, the four major brands that Southpaws stocks are Fenders, Gibsons, Martins, and Taylor's. I'm not interested in Ginsons or Taylor's, have all the Fenders that I'm ever going to need. That just leaves the Martins.



reverend mikey
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Apr 28th, 2014 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Texican,

What's Southpaw's selection of lefty Gibson acoustics like? Or have you ever checked them out?

Texican

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Apr 28th, 2014 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Southpaws has a great selection of Gibson acoustics and check them out every time I'm there. However, I'm a happy camper with the J-45 that I've had for the better part of ten years.

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Apr 28th, 2014 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rev,

There's a used 2011 Gibson J-45 at Elderly in excellent condition for $1685 if you're interested.

reverend mikey
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Apr 29th, 2014 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"There's a used 2011 Gibson J-45 at Elderly in excellent condition for $1685 if you're interested."

Thanks for the heads-up. I don't have the $$ for one right now - and I've noted a wide variance in tone with Gibsons - even more so than Martins - I'd want to play it before I committed myself (which is tough when you're a lefty, as you all know).

Some of the nicest looking J-45's I've tried sounded dead to me. I know they're supposed to have some "thump" to them, but sometimes that translates into "thud".

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