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reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

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Apr 13th, 2015 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...true left-handed guitar? Both acoustic and electric if applicable...

My first true lefty was an acoustic - a '78-'79 Ibanez dreadnaught (with Guild style arched back). All laminated woods, made in Japan. Still have it 35+ years later! Still in one piece. Sounds okay, but certainly not as good as my all solid wood acoustics. But I keep it for sentimental reasons (and change the strings a couple times a year and play it occasionally)... this guitar taught me a lot of songs! Good memories!

My first true lefty electric was supposed to be a Gibson 335, but that deal fell through; long painful story, won't go into it.

So my first true lefty electric ended up being (wait for it...) a Peavey Milestone! They came in any color you wanted, as long as it was black! Kind of a Strat-shaped body, two humbuckers (with the T-60 style wiring that converted them to single coils), a 24.75" neck and Fender style fixed bridge. Don't even remember when I sold or traded it...but about 10 years ago I bought a lefty Milestone neck and body, thinking I would rebuild one... but they sit in boxes and I haven't done anything with them.

How about you...first true lefty guitar/s?

digiboy

New York City

Apr 13th, 2015 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a Teisco electric but I don't remember if it was a true lefty. Probably not. The first one I'm sure of was a Guild acoustic. The bridge started to lift and the whole top warped and became unplayable after about a year. I don't remember what I did with it.

Edited to add: I also had a Hagstrom electric true lefty around the same time as the Guild, not sure which was first. Wish I had kept the Hagstrom. It was the easiest playing guitar I've ever owned. Action could be set really low with nary a buzz and the neck was just perfect for my hands. Silly "tone" switches didn't do much but what a great little axe.

My first real lefty bass was a Fender Jazz but I quickly sold it and got a lefty Precision which I still have.

(This message was last edited by digiboy at 08:03 PM, Apr 13th, 2015)

reverend mikey
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Apr 13th, 2015 10:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hah! My first electric was also a Teisco - with FOUR single coil pickups on it! But it was right-handed. Kinda sorta strat shaped...don't even remember what happened to it...

...but when I first got it, the other guitar player in our band switched with me, and he played my Teisco, and I got to play his (right-handed) Framus 335 style guitar, which was a very nice instrument (we "flipped it" and restrung it for lefty use). I've wanted one like it ever since...but I'm sure lefty Framus's are rare.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Apr 15th, 2015 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Acoustic--Seagull S6+ Cedar, still have it. Not sure of the year, maybe '04, even though at one time I did decypher the Godin dating code.

Electric--I honestly don't recall. Probably the DeArmond M-75T which I also still have.

Texican

Cypress, TX

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Apr 15th, 2015 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first true lefty electric was a '98 Rickenbacker Mapleglo 360. I ordered it in April and had it in my hands by Labor Day. I sold it in 2011 to Wally W in 2011, but it returned home when Wally got himself a Ruby 360.

My first true lefty acoustic was a Seagull S6+ Folk. I gave it to my cousin's daughter a couple of years ago.

LeftRightOut
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Australia

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Apr 16th, 2015 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

First guitar an acoustic can't remember the name of, gave it to a charity a few years ago now.

First electric was an 1974 Lefty set neck Ibanez law suit les paul got it in 1989, I still have it but it needs some work, have thought about fixing it up.

Also have my 1st Strat USA Standard '93 in black still have that too it doesn't get played my parents bought it for me for my 18th Birthday it won't get sold

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

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Apr 17th, 2015 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LRO - and the Strat doesn't get played because...?

Couple of Seagull acoustics on the list... I've noticed that Seagull is pretty good about keeping a few lefties in the line; Godin also has a few, but some of their more interesting models don't get offered in lefty.

LHW

Southwest Ohio

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Apr 17th, 2015 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(This message was last edited by LHW at 11:14 AM, Apr 17th, 2015)

LeftRightOut
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Australia

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Apr 19th, 2015 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"LRO - and the Strat doesn't get played because...?"

Mikey, dead pickup, I know I should change it but I put it in storage when I worked for a few years away from home and since I've been back never got to fixing it, I've got that many other guitars that it sort of got neglected.



Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Apr 21st, 2015 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...Couple of Seagull acoustics on the list... I've noticed that Seagull is pretty good about keeping a few lefties in the line; Godin also has a few, but some of their more interesting models don't get offered in lefty."

Interesting note:
Robert Godin is left-handed and plays right-handed. This has been confirmed by a guitar dealer in Canada who has met "Row-Bear" several times.



reverend mikey
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Apr 21st, 2015 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Interesting note:
Robert Godin is left-handed and plays right-handed. This has been confirmed by a guitar dealer in Canada who has met "Row-Bear" several times."

This is also true of Jean Larrivee, owner/creator of Larrivee guitars. However, unlike Godin, Larrivee offers ALL their models in a lefty version, at no extra charge. Might be why I have FIVE Larrivees (3 acoustic, 2 electric). Also the fact that they're excellent guitars for amazing prices, and now ALL made in the USA (in Oxnard, CA).

jleftyy

USA

Jan 9th, 2017 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Kramer Pacer Custom II trans blue. Still my "Number 1" since 1989

Leftee
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VA

Jan 9th, 2017 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'74 Mustang. Blue with the racing stripe.

LHW

Southwest Florida

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Jan 11th, 2017 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first lefty electric was a Gibson Les Paul Standard (black, of course), that I bought used in 1993.
My first lefty acoustic was a Fender dreadnought. I don't remember when I purchased it.

Disclaimer: I played right handed until 1974, then quit for several years. I didn't start playing left handed until around 1990. My wife (now ex) bought an inexpensive right handed acoustic, and had it flipped over and strung left handed.

reverend mikey
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Jan 11th, 2017 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LHW, can you still *play* right-handed some?

LHW

Southwest Florida

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Jan 11th, 2017 11:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

""LHW, can you still *play* right-handed some?""

No, I suffered an industrial accident in 1974, and lost the index finger and first joint of the middle finger of my left hand.
I am naturally left handed, but I played the violin and viola (right handed) for 9 years in school, so when I learned to play the guitar as a teenager, it was easier to play right handed.

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

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Sep 13th, 2017 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

First true lefty acoustic was a 12-string. I think it was a Yamaha.

First electric was a Vantage.

Leftee
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VA

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Sep 15th, 2017 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first true lefty was a '74 Fender Mustang. It was blue with the racing stripe. I bought it used in 1985.

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