5 Problems Only Left-Handed Guitarists Will Understand

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5 Problems Only Left-Handed Guitarists Will Understand
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5. It's Hard to Find Learning Material

Most of the chord charts, guitar fingerings, and lessons in books and online are written for right-handed guitarists. So yeah, if you're a leftie you're assumed to be able to instantly mirror everything you see. 

4. Store Selection is Poor

Found some guitar you really like? Well, there're probably no lefty versions of it and even if there are, there's an 80% chance that there're no left hand guitars in stock. So yeah, if you're a left handed guitarist, go play on your mom's nerves or something. 

3. Left Handed Guitars Cost More

Always be prepared to pay an extra 50 bucks for a lefty guitar you like. Yup, on top of the left-handed guitars being harder to find, and coming in less colors, some brands even have the cheek to dump a 10-15% upcharge on southpaw models. Though, all of the things that are hard to get become more desirable in the end... 

 

2. Some Right-Handed Guitarists May Be Pain In the Ass

‘Why didn’t you learn the ‘normal’ way?’

You probably heard this one a lot of times.

Right-handed guitarists can sure get annoying with dumb questions.

 

1. Can't Try Out Friends' Guitars

This one is probably is the worst. Your friend got that awesome vintage Les Paul you’d love to try, or you’re sitting around a campfire with an acoustic being passed around?

Well, you’re basically shit outta luck. You can hold it and get a feel of it, but that’s about as far as you’ll get, unfortunately. Unless you’ve learned to play Wonderwall right handed as a neat party trick.

 

 

So, lefties of UG, what guitar do you have?

137 comments sorted by best / new / date

    TheShipSong
    I'm left handed so my dad just builds me guitars! Here are some of the ones he's made!  http://imgur.com/a/y5bC3
    KentAmund
    That's pretty fucking awesome! The Challenger one must be one of the crazier builds out there... I'd buy one, and I don't even give a toss about cars
    TheShipSong
    Thanks KentAmund! That was definitely a favourite of his for sure! It turned out great!
    Gtubahsbro
    That's "Father of the year" worthy wow! Love the Explorer/Flying V combination, with the stitches and stuff!
    TheShipSong
    Thank you so much! I need to practice more on the double neck ones because they look fantastic! Especially that one! Thank you!! He enjoyed all of these comments!!
    Way Cool JR.
    Your dad rocks!  All my dad ever did for me was push my mom down a flight of stairs during midterm pregnancy trying to kill me.     
    estranged_2003
    Would wrote this? Ned Flanders?
    N7Crazy
    What the darn-diddily-doodily did you just say about me, you little witcharooney? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class at Springfield Bible College, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret mission trips in Capital City, and I have over 300 confirmed baptisms. I am trained in the Old Testament and I’m the top converter in the entire church mission group. You are nothing to me but just another heathen. I will cast your sins out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before in Heaven, mark my diddily-iddilly words. You think you can get away with saying that blasphemy to me over the Internet? Think again, friendarino. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of evangelists across Springfield and your IP is being traced by God right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggorino. The storm that wipes out the diddily little thing you call your life of sin. You’re going to Church, kiddily-widdily. Jesus can be anywhere, anytime, and he can turn you to the Gospel in over infinity ways, and that’s just with his bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in preaching to nonbelievers, but I have access to the entire dang- diddily Bible collection of the Springfield Bible College and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your sins away off the face of the continent, you diddily-doo satan-worshipper. If only you could have known what holy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you from the Heavens, maybe you would have held your darn-diddily-fundgearoo tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re clean of all your sins, you widdillo-skiddily neighborino. I will sing hymns of praise all over you and you will drown in the love of Christ. You’re farn-foodily- flank-fiddily reborn, kiddo-diddily. 
    DaFjory
    Lefty, always played righty. Never occurred to me to even consider a lefty guitar – fretting (left) hand more dextrous anyway, due to writing.
    WhatMade
    I tried first learning right handed guitar and was terrible at it. A cousin I had was a lefty and let me try his and it just made more sense. I guess it's the wiring in your brain. Either way I envy you and your right handed playing ability. What I wouldn't give for a left handed Fender Jaguar, but Fender just doesn't make them. 
    peterkiely57
    Sorry for butting in but I was just wondering, you could try one out upsidedown and see how the body feels and if you want to chance it you could buy it an have it adjusted for lefty playing. I have a friend who is a lefty and plays a righty Jazzmaster upsidedown and cos its symmetrical enough it feels pretty good to him, even the Pickups are the same each end (he also plays it strung righty but thats another story lol :-D) Even myself as a bassist I actually like the feel of some righty basses upsidedown. Plus they look cool when held that way, ala Hendrix. I think it might be worth trying.
    WhatMade
    The guitar center near me has a beautiful white Jaguar that I've played upside down. If it was under 500 bucks I wouldn't mind, but for some reason I just wouldn't feel good paying a grand on a guitar to play upside down. It's kind of dumb but it's just me. There's a company that makes left handed Jag knockoffs that I may just go with and swap out parts. 
    Candlewolf
    Same. I'm lefty but the first guitar I picked up was right handed and it felt ...right. It was my old man's, who is also a left hander who plays righty. 
    The_Crank3
    One advantage of being a lefty is less people will want to play your guitars when they come over. I laugh everytime someone comes over who's a righty and they go wtf when they pick up one of my guitars. One guy even tried giving me crap saying I strung it upside down.
    xsk3l3t0rx
    what i hate the most as a left-handed player, is when companies like fender flat-out refuse to make left-handed models of some of their guitars (jaguar, jazzmaster, mustang, coronado, etc..) therefore artificially inflating the prices of "vintage" models, or if you happen to track one down a MIJ or MIK model. the absolute worst part is their refusal to make commonly requested left handed versions of these models, but then will make "jimi hendrix" versions or just "wacky" versions where the guitar is INTENTIONALLY flipped. who the fuck wants an intentionally backwards guitar? its almost like they are trolling left-handed players, and its a slap in the face.
    GR84
    Its articles like this that divide our country! Just kidding, seriously though i never thought of some of these issues before, as a right handed person i now have much more respect for accomplished left handed players! Interesting article,
    murray_lindsay
    Great list! I always loved Gibson Explorers but they don't have left handed verisions of those. I also like the Dave Grohl signature guitar and guess what... they don't make left handed ones. Ned Flanders where are you? We need your left handed shop!
    ivonahora
    Left-handed Gibsons are hard to come by. Like you said, they don't make leftie Explorers (one of their most popular guitar shapes), supposedly because the demand wasn't high enough to justify getting "left-handed machinery" (which, if they really said that, is bollocks). I even remember trying to get my hands on an Epi Tony Iommi signature guitar thinking "well, he's a leftie, surely it'll be easier to get one of those". Wherever I saw they sold the "regular" version, I'd go in and ask if I could try it and they said "if you want the southpaw model, we'll have to order it for you", which meant that on top of it costing more, I could only try it if I paid for it. I eventually gave up.
    murray_lindsay
    I remember going to a guitar shop in my hometown in Canada and they literally had one left handed guitar. That was nuts! 
    The_Crank3
    I've been to at least 3 in canada as well with zero left handed guitars. Darn ontario
    JoeHuman35
    1st.. I'm disappointed lefties are still betraying their hand heritage by learning right-handed git. Secondably.. #5 is #1 for me cos learning guitar from right handed tabs.. actually made me dyslexic. HA! I've been flipping words around for 20 years and it started from flipping guitar chords in my head. No complaints. A tiny sacrifice to be a left-handed guitarist playing left-handed. THERE ARE DOZENS OF US!! DOZENS!!!
    Shreddermeister
    This article only scratches the surfaces. You forgot all the little things, when a lefty using right hand guitars, for example whammybars, Bridge problems and don't forget the knobs (accidently usage or the marks they make at your arm, when you play longer, reaching the higher frets .....). A little bit deeper the next time, please.
    Dynamight
    You misunderstood the article. It's not about left-handed people playing guitar, but people playing left-handed guitars.
    GR84
    Sparked a conversation though, on a topic many don't think about most likely  But, its interesting that you added those extra difficulties, i take it your left handed, my hats off to you!
    Way Cool JR.
    I'm a lefty that plays righty and none of these are issues at all (for me anyways). None of it should be an issue anyways since everything is oriented where it should be no mater what handed you play.  The only time it would be an issue is if you play a right handed guitar upside down in the left handed position like Hendrix.  But if you're a lefty playing in the actual righty position with a righty guitar there's no problems with placement of anything.   
    FMVG96
    I'm right handed but the fact that left handed guitars cost more kind of pisses me off.
    andre.fontes.es
    It's the natural way of things. Less people buy lefty guitars since #1 lefties represent a smaller percentage of people, and #2 as you can see from the poll the majority of lefties, like me, play right-handed. Guitar prices os mostly influenced by the amount that is produced, if less of them are sold then the production gets more costly per guitar made. Not to say that, if you consider things like floating bridges and other parts that have to be "mirrored", for the same reason I mentioned before, will also be more expensive adding up even more to the price.
    Khetag
    I'm left handed and I can't even think about playing a left-handed guitar. Maybe that's because I started with a right-handed instrument. Left-handed ones just don't make sense to me - since I'm a lefty, my left hand is more flexible, agile and overall capable, which makes it easier with the fretboard.
    The_Crank3
    I'm left handed but I'm the opposite of you. I can't play guitar right handed for the life of me. If there were no such thing as left handed guitars, I probably would of gave up ages ago
    peterkiely57
    There's never a reason to give up, even if there were no lefty guitars around. There are a number of lefty guitarists like you and me, but who learned successfully to play righthanded guitars upsidedown and even backwards (ie not restrung lefty like Hendrix or McCartney). Go on to Youtube and check out guitarists like Coco Montoya, Albert King and British players like Seal, the famous singer and even his own lead guitarist who's a guy called Gus Isidore (in particular look up on Youtube "Seal live at the Point") guys like that are inspiring. I'm telling you I would *Never* have given up, lefties or not.
    Parthan
    Interestingly, I had the opposite experience. I'm right handed, but the first time I picked up a guitar I felt much more comfortable holding it left-handed and fretting it with my right hand. However, the buddy who was teaching me how to play explained to me that it would be a LOT harder learning how to pick and strum with my left hand than learning how to fret. And he was right.  Fretting was something that took me a day to learn. But learning how to properly pick and strum accurately with my right hand hand is something that took me at least a week to learn. I can only imagine how difficult it would've been if I had been using my left hand to pick.
    Metabane
    My biggest irritation as a lefty bassist/guitarist is not any of these. My issue is everyone who looks at my guitar and says "Hey look your guitar is the wrong way lol." Im pretty sure that it is how tall people feel when someone says "hows the weather up there?" Its not clever man, its just not.
    BLeeTheKing
    Left-handed and have always played left-handed. Finger injury on my left hand means I couldn't play right-handed even if I wanted to.
    t_johnstone891
    It's ALWAYS a pain in the ass when you walk into a guitar shop and you're admiring that gold top Les Paul you've always wanted to try when suddenly a shop assistant pops up out of nowhere (John Cena) with the 'Hello Sir, would you like to try it' and every time the response is, 'I'm a leftie' to which the entire shops stops what they're doing, looks at you and starts to point and laugh.  Every time. 
    ThrasherJTags
    I'm a lefty, but I learned how to play guitar right handed because that's all the was in a music camp I attended years ago. That's what was and is still natural to me. 
    twiggy3634
    I learned how to play by flipping a right handed guitar over and playing with the strings upside down. That is, until I finally could afford a left handed guitar, then I had to re-learn how to play the normal way. Still to this day, there are some chords that are easier for me to play on an upside down right handed guitar.
    d.caillen
    I play left handed electric (Jackson), right handed acoustic (Teton). even though it definitely sucks to not be able to play your friend's guitars, it is a nice excuse when some jackass asks to play your really nice guitar and you wouldn't want them to even if they could..oh I'm sorry, it's a left handed guitar..
    stereosmiles
    Now do an article about left-handed drummers. It's a shame Woody Guthrie wasn't left-handed.
    juhrmann
    On the other hand, a big plus is that no one asks to try out your guitar.
    KonshinBaka
    I have custom made guitars made with kits... I don't understand why there isn't a lefty Les Paul Junior, it's the most basic guitar ever (and might I add the coolest)
    hylianloach91
    Left handed bass player here. #4 and #3 are putting it lightly. More often then not, most stores in my area don't even have lefty basses in stock. Makes it really difficult when you have to blindly buy an axe at mark-up. 
    sevarian
    I've never understood #5.  Does it really matter if the low E is depicted on the left of a chord chart?  The fingering for the chord isn't any different on a lefty guitar (unless you're playing a right handed guitar strung for a righty). There's a guitar store in Houston called Southpaw guitars which sells lefty guitars predominantly.  I was ecstatic when I found them, I could finally walk into a store and pick almost any guitar off the wall and play it. The 10-15% extra charge is if you're lucky enough that the manufacturer makes the guitar you want in a left hand model.  Otherwise you have to either compromise what you want or go through the custom shop.  That's what I love about Schecter guitars, a lot of their guitars have left handed versions.  The only compromise with them is the color choice since they usually only offer 1 color.
    blloyd812
    I am left handed and learned to play right handed. I think it actually is an advantage. Being left handed, your left hand and fingers are more dexterous than your right. So getting down weird chord shapes and quick runs in my opinion, is easier. Anybody else out there feel the same or are in the same situation?
    peterkiely57
    Not all lefthanded players can accomodate picking with their right hand. I certainly couldn't. And if what you say is true re the stronger hand being more "dextrous" then every righthanded guitarist who picks with their right hand is doing it wrong then.
    badfish_lewis
    I'm a lefty who thankfully had a teacher back in my teens who forced me to learn right handed. Best advice ever
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Surely it should be illegal to charge more for a left hand model. They don't cost any more to make so why are they charging more? It's discrimination.
    The_Crank3
    Left handed guitars will need a different mold/jig. Therefore different parts needed to make lefty guitars.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    So? It's a well known fact that Gibson guitars cost nowhere near their asking price to make therefore they can still charge the same amount for left handed guitars.
    The_Crank3
    So? Do you know how much a mold or a jig costs? Also, switching to lefty on their assembly line will put up production costs. Plus all that time wasted switching to lefties, they could play it safe and keep making righties which is what they do. Sucks for lefties but guitar makers want profits over making a compromise for a small portion of their customers (lefties)
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Simple have 2 lines.
    The_Crank3
    That will still bite into their profits. If it was so simple to make lefties at the same profits as righties then why isn't every major guitar maker making lefties too? I'm not here to argue, im a lefty too but look at this from the business point of view. If this still doesn't make sense then i encourage you to start your own guitar making company where you only make lefties and let me know how that works out for you. I'm serious and i you make them good enough i will even buy one. Just don't expect to make more money than gibson or fender
    Way Cool JR.
    A company making all lefties would not fare well at all.  Sure there are a good handful of lefties out there (i'm one myself) but a huge chunk of them choose to play right handed and feel more comfortable doing so (like myself).   So lefties actually playing lefty is a very miniscule market in the guitar world and I can see why most companies won't cater to them.  Why make a shit ton of guitars that only a tiny handful would ever sell and dealing with all the extra costs to produce them.  With so many brands and styles of guitars that are out there these days to choose from, the chances of selling them plummets even more.  I have worked in factories and fabrication so I know exactly where you're coming from people just don't seem to understand the costs and risks that go along with it.       
    WhatMade
    A lot of cheaper Chinese companies don't charge more. Squier doesn't seem to charge more either, nor Fender. If you want a custom one from their custom shop it's more. The price has never seemed different to me when I buy a guitar (left handed player here), the biggest problem is the lack of choices. As a lefty I've become quiet experienced at refinishing/rebuilding guitars. 
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    That's the thing about guitar players though. They'd pay hundreds of pounds extra for a label. It does sound a lot cooler among the community to say "I own a Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker etc" than to say "I own a Squier, Epiphone, Rockinbetter etc".
    The_Crank3
    But it will still cost them more to make lefty models. It is all about money with them. They probably thought it wasn't worth it since lefties are less popular. If you have a problem with that, complain to gibson.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    But if they only need to make less of them why do they cost more? If it was about money surely they'd charge more for the right hand models as they're the ones that sell like hot cakes.
    Parthan
    You don't appear to understand economies of scale and supply/demand. The more items you produce the cheaper it becomes to produce each individual item. Here's a simplified explanation. Let's say you have a machine that manufactures right-handed guitars. Let's say the machine costs $1000. This investment is called is an overhead cost. If you manufacture 10 guitars, it means each guitar cost you $1000/10 = $100 to make. That means you have to now sell each guitar at $101 to make a profit. If you manufacture 100 guitars, it means each guitar cost you $1000/1000 = $10 to make. To make a profit that means you now have to sell each guitar at $11. Since there are fewer left-handed guitarists than right-handed guitarists Gibson or any other company won't be able to sell as many lefty guitars as righty ones. This means that there's no point in manufacturing 100 lefty guitars if there are only 10 lefty guitarists. Therefore, they only make 10, in order to meet the demand. However, because they make only 10, they have to meet the cost of their overheads by selling the guitars at a higher price. Like I said, it's a very simplified explanation, but the basic principle holds true.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    But that's not how Gibson work. They don't get cheaper from higher demand they get more expensive. They're selling their label first and guitar second. It's like designer clothing you're paying for the label not the clothes which you could get a similar item of clothing for way cheaper.
    Parthan
    But that's where supply and demand comes in. All brands also have a price dictated by demand. Companies don't care about "how many" people buy their guitars as much as they care about profit margins. Here's another simple example. If Gibson sold their guitar for $250 then 100 people would buy them, which means Gibson has made $25,000 off guitar sales. If Gibson raised the price to $1000 then only 50 people would be able to afford them. However, Gibson has now made $50,000. The point is, companies like Gibson and Nike don't jack up prices without knowing how much it can do it. That's why corporations invest so much money in market research. They generally know how much their brand is worth. They jack up prices as much as they can because they can.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Actually it's been proven the more Gibson raise their prices the more guitars they sell.
    Parthan
    Because there is demand for it. However, the balance point between supply and demand for left-handed guitars and right-handed is not going to be the same. Because the guitars themselves are a rarity they can command a higher price.
    peterkiely57
    Partham, that's true, in fairness though I don't think we need literally every guitar to be made available lefty. I don't think there'd be much call for it roduction-wise any way.
    The_Crank3
    Go back to my original answer, that answers the last question too. It isn't rocket science
    The_Crank3
    They need different parts to make them. $$$$$ . Gibson will say the same thing if u ask them.
    andre.fontes.es
    I'm a lefty and for all these exact reasons I decided to learn how to play the "right-handed" way. I haven't done so by anyone's recommendation but rather because I thought that my mother, that is a lefty as well, learnt how to write right-handed from the beginning and she says she never had any major trouble learning, therefore I assumed if you begin to do it from the beginning, once you surpass that mental sensation of naturally holding the guitar the other way around things get pretty easy. I didn't feel any learning difficulties besides the usual ones everyone does and now trying to hold a lefty guitar feels very uncomfortable and weird to me. It's something you learn how to, that dominant hand feeling is mostly only on your head.
    peterkiely57
    andre.fontes.es you're lucky really, but it doesn't work that way for all lefties I'm afraid. I tried as you did, but it was in vain, so I've gone the lefty way for the last 25 years. That said, if I'd known I could have learned the guitar like Coco Montoya, Eric Gales or Dick Dale did, then I would have. It would have opened up so many other doors for me, but as it was back then I thought that in order to learn guitar lefty, then your "had" to flip the strings ala Hendrix and McCartney. Anyway that's just my thing and I'm not alone lol :-D
    Guitarus Rex
    Whoa! "Wrong"-handed chord charts! Have never seen those before and actually never thought about how difficult it must be for lefties.  I suppose that tablature was a real boon for learning songs. Those charts though... whew! That looks as bizarre as a lefty Les Paul.  Zoiks! (Disclaimer: I'm a lefty who learned how to play right-handed.) Actually tried decades later to switch back, felt as foreign to me as it would a right-handed person. 
    Way Cool JR.
    I'm so glad I chose to be a right handed guitar player.  IMHO being left handed is not a reason at all to play guitar left handed.  You are not doing yourself any favors by doing so.    
    The_Crank3
    I disagree, playing lefty has it's challenges but some people find it near impossible to play a righty. Always pick what feels most comfortable is my best advice.
    sevarian
    Not everyone can make the choice.  I'm right handed but I have to play left handed guitars, which is quite irritating.  Being born without a left hand kinda made my decision for me though  
    The_Crank3
    That sucks, sorry to hear. So do you have a device attached to your left hand in order to use a pick or do you just tape it on or something? Seen a few one handed guitar players on youtube a while back and they still played pretty good. I was amazed, as well as seeing the guys who play guitar with just their feet. Wish i was that talented and i have no excuse lol.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    You are actually. Though you may be able to learn it you'll be able to improve much faster when playing it in your natural handedness. 
    Way Cool JR.
    Not true at all for everyone.  As most lefties have found out it feels more natural playing a regular right handed guitar, lefty guitars only impeded their learning.  
    Way Cool JR.
    Just speaking the truth people.  Anytime there's any threads or poles on lefties, the majority play right handed. 
    kmitchell74
    seems like everyone is answering the poll question honestly! 75% play right handed, that is consistent with data on handedness 
    theblazinasian
    Except that the question is "What guitar do lefties of UG rock?" which means that no right-handed people should be answering the question.
    Metabane
    And yet I almost guarantee a lot of people are just answering the poll without reading the question, I really doubt the difference is that steep.
    theblazinasian
    The problem is that there are likely both righties who misread the question and lefties that play right-handed guitars (myself included). In that case, the poll wouldn't give an accurate representation of either. That poll option doesn't even represent the number of people who play right-handed guitars. There are sure to be some righties who read the question correctly and did not vote. There are also likely to be lefties who play right-handed guitars who voted for a brand, because that would not strictly speaking be an incorrect choice based on how the question is worded. My point is that the poll is worded poorly, and assuming that the right-handed poll option represents only right-handed people is wrong.
    Metabane
    I don't think anything I said disagrees with your statement. All I was saying in my comment is that some righties misread the question and skewed the poll.
    Mind_Reader7
    After reading this, I kind of realised that having a dominant hand is a load of bollocks. I'm "left handed" as I've written with my left hand since I was young, but do everything else with my right hand purely because all sports only had right hand equipment. I play a right handed guitar, and I'm not great, but that's because I don't practice.
    k0stil
    well it's possible for a leftie to play a right handed guitar with strings upside down. not easy but possible. it's easier to learn it left handed
    lurkingfan4
    I'm pretty weird when it comes to handedness, when I was in kindergarten I used scissors and things like that both left and right handed, but when I was going to start going to school I basically had to choose which hand should be dominant, and I choose lefty. My weird mixed handedness has actually been quite useful, I can use scissors with both right and left hands, and I can write pretty well with both (my left handed writing is faster but way uglier, my right handed writing is far slower but it looks better). When we first started to learn some small stuff on guitar in school (this was around 5-6th grade) we all walked in to a room with chairs and a bunch of acoustic guitars, so we sat down and picked up our guitars, and naturally I pick it up left handed, and then my teacher tells me that it's easier for me to learn if I hold it like everyone else and I've been playing right-handed ever since.
    azhuk1beetle
    There isn't much choice left in guitar shops nowdays anyway. Gotta shop for guitars online where you can find anything and everything, and better prices. Although I would love to actually try the guitar before I buy it but those days are almost gone. Unless you're die-hard Fender or Gibson fan - they seem to still have plenty of those in the stores. But I play 7 string 24 frets guitars. Fender and Gibson don't make those, end, while the there's plenty of choices out there, there would be one or two in the store.
    jeff.emerson
    I went to buy a Fender Jimi Hendrix tribute Strat and found out they only make a right hand version!!! Ultimate slap in the face for lefties! Someone needs to tell them Hendrix was a lefty!! Also, when I toured the Memphis Gibson factory they told me only 3% of the guitars they make are left handed.
    peterkiely57
    But we lefties don't need a left hand version, we can convert a right hand strat like he did. That means we're more "faithful" to it, cos I sometimes think that the current tribute strat is for "lazy righties" who don't want to have to put up with playing a true lefty strat upsidedown lol :-D
    Way Cool JR.
    Just get a white strat, flip the nut and string it upside down.  Hendrix's Strat was right handed anyways so it make sense they made a tribute right handed. The only thing that doesn't make any sense is the reverse headstock.  
    farhahn881
    I only agree with point 3 and 4. Right handeds are the ones having trouble playing the lefty way . Most lefty start with a righty guitar but upside down. When we have money , we buy the lefty version . Some of us lefties stick to playing upside down.
    Wiencon
    We all have to buy the new lefty Chapman when it comes out just to show that making lefty guitars can be profitable No matter if you like it or not
    ippystratman
    #6 Always getting compared to Hendrix or Kurt Cobain regardless of your playing style.
    ErnestoFidel
    Left handed guitars are a joke. There are no left handed pianos, left handed drums, left handed violins or anything like that. It's just a gimmick the guitar industry came up with, and I'm sorry for you if you fell for it. The greatest thing about playing guitar is that almost everybody has an acoustic guitar these days. So you can pick up a guitar and play music for people every moment of your life. Losing those moments for playing left handed would be something I'd hate myself for.
    The_Crank3
    You should have told that to jimi hendrix when he was alive? Left handed guitars are a gimmick? As someone who has played left handed guitars for over ten years I just want to say that your post is a gimmick.
    ErnestoFidel
    Jimi Hendrix was an extraordinary genius, he can do whatever the hell he wants. Playing a right handed guitar upside down may be cool as fuck and get you attention, but it has so many disadvantages ... don't even get me started. You don't play with your teeth and behind your back, just because Hendrix did it, do you?  Since you're hating on my comment, would you please elaborate what huge improvements there are to learning to play left handed guitar instead of right handed? Preferably something so great and important it makes me overlook all the difficulties named in the article. 
    The_Crank3
    If it feels more comfortable to play left handed, play left handed. If it feels more comfortable to play right handed then play right handed. That is the difference. I play a left handed guitar because it is way more comfortable for ME. Can't you understand that not everyone is the same?
    ErnestoFidel
    You may have a point there. And it's you who has to live with the problems that come with playing left handed. Excuse me for discussing these problems in the context of an article that points them out.
    The_Crank3
    Sorry but your initial statement of calling left handed guitars as just a gimmick rubbed me the wrong way. Ignorance
    peterkiely57
    Your not "discussing" anything, you are being a patronizing individual with a rather "self-superior" attitude towards guitarists who don't play the way you "think" they should. Sorry but that's how you're coming across.
    ErnestoFidel
    Nobody here is discussing anything. I haven't heard a single argument towards playing left handed guitar that would justify having to live with all the disadvantages. So - your more. Also: *You're
    peterkiely57
    Those of us who play lefthanded do so cos it felt right (I know it did for me) yes there are some small things that come up, but they are *small*.. Its you whose trying to make out like its some sort of huge burden we live with. Its not, its just natural for us and we have plenty of influences to refer to.
    peterkiely57
    "You don't play with your teeth and behind your back, just because Hendrix did it, do you" - WTF, another extremely stupid thing you've said here. Hendrix did the "teeth" and behind the back" thing as a stunt and part of his performance, he did NOT play lefthanded for the same reason, he learned to play lefthanded because it was more natural for him to do so and he wasn't comfortable using his right hand for picking, something as befalls a lot of us lefty guitarists.  And playing a righthanded guitar upsidedown is not done in order to look "cool as fuck", for a lot of famous lefty guitarists like Coco Montoya, Eric Gales, Albert King etc, it was done in order to be able to play the way that was/ is natural to them but also to have the same options as righthanded Guitarists. You are not lefthanded, whereas I am, you know nothing about growing up lefthanded in a right handed world, whereas I do, you also know nothing about what its like to struggle and try to learn to play guitar the so-called "right" way around and finding its not for you, so don't come on here with a patronizing attitude towards guitarists who play lefthanded and comment on something you clearly know nothing about.
    The_Crank3
    Also there are left handed pianos.
    ErnestoFidel
    Learn left handed piano. I recommend it. It will be the first step to being a great concert pianist who doesn't play any gigs anywhere ever. If you can't see the gimmick-nature of this kind of instrument, I cannot help you.
    The_Crank3
    How the fuck is playing left handed a gimmick? And I dont do piano but i have a right handed kids organ. Most people would just call it a gimmick though. I hope if u have kids they are all left handed and good luck trying to teach them on your gimmicky right handed instruments. My sarcasm right now is a gimmick too
    peterkiely57
    "I'm sorry if you fell for it"??? What a stupid thing to say. Not every lefthanded individual can learn to play righthanded. I tried over 20 years ago and it was no good, I naturally held the guitar with my left hand in the strumming/picking position and it just felt more natural that I go that way.
    d.caillen
    Additionally, the reason left handed guitars exist is because your dominant hand is naturally going to be better at keeping rhythm, hence the reason right handed guitars are designed so the player player frets with their left hand allowing you to focus on your non dominant hand.
    d.caillen
    Not sure why you even care about it since you are obviously right handed, but as someone who is highly ambidextrous and plays both right and left handed guitar, frankly screw you buddy. It has to do with the dominant hemisphere in your brain, and some people (sorry apparently this is news to you) are born left handed, it's not like it's a choice, trust me, it's actually quite inconvenient thanks to people like you and the fact that's it's uncommon. As a child I was forced to use my right hand because it was "normal", and it never felt correct to me. So now I write and draw and play left handed, and do almost everything else right handed. sorry if this is a bit heated, but you made a really stupid and borderline offensive point. And my Jackson soloist sl2l isn't a joke or a gimmick. I'll be out there making albums with it while you're sitting here dogging on south paws
    ErnestoFidel
    I'm getting a little tired of this. First of all, by claiming this has something to do with your dominant hand or brain hemisphere you are basically saying left handed people would not be as good on a regular right handed instrument. So no left handed people would be able to play a right handed piano, violin or any other instrument in the world besides the guitar that doesn't come in a left handed version? Secondly, don't you think the so called dominant hand would do a better job at fretting than at strumming or picking. Since my right hand is the dominant one, you make it sound like I've been playing my guitar the wrong way all this time. I've had quite a few left handed kids as students, and none of them picked up my right handed guitar saying "this should be the other way around". Just like no left handed person ever said that trying the piano or the violin for the first time. Sorry if I'm coming across as anti-left handed. It's not the case at all. I know this might be a sensitive issue to you - and I never meant to offend anyone.
    peterkiely57
    For someone who says he didn't mean to offend anyone, you sure are coming across that way. Using terms like " right handed piano, violin or any other instrument in the world besides the guitar that doesn't come in a left handed version" sounds like just another attempt to belittle lefthanded guitarists. First off the Guitar is a different instrument in that it is "held" and indeed "worn" in a certain way, and so tend more to an "individual" perference for playing a certain way, most other instruments are not like that. Also, there are Violinists who play lefthanded for example Ashley MacIsaac, go on to Google and look them up. Also you say none of your lefthanded students has ever said your Guitar should be the "other way around", but I'll ask you hypothetically, if you ever get a Student who is lefthanded, keeps turning his/her guitar upsidedown and feels more comfortable picking with their left hand, then ok you'd probably try to get them to try and play righthanded first, if they're successful then great, but what if it was no good and they weren't getting any better and continuously automatically held their guitar "upsidedown" before you "correct" them, what would you do then, continue to "force" them to play the "correct" way? If if they don't succeed what would you do then? Tell them they're no good and they shouldn't be allowed to play that way, even if its natural to them? I myself tried hard to learn righthanded but it was no good, so I tried lefthanded and it instantly felt better. I wish I could have learned righty but I just couldn't. Now would you have a go at me and say I shouldn't have been allowed to learn to play the way thats natural to me? Go ahead and answer this, I'd be interested to read your response.
    d.caillen
    And frankly if you didn't mean to offend anyone, you probably shouldn't have basically called us all stupid for falling for what you see as a "gimmick" educate yourself.
    d.caillen
    Everyone has a dominant hand, that doesn't mean your other hand is useless, clearly, or a right handed guitar wouldn't be designed to be fretted with your left hand, as I said, your dominant hand is naturally better at keeping a beat, therefore that's why you pick/strum with it so you can focus on your non dominant hand. I'm not saying at all you're playing it wrong, I'm trying to tell you why guitars are oriented the way they are. And it does have everything to do with your brain hemispheres, that's literally the difference between right and left handed people, it is a direct result of which hemisphere in your brain is dominant
    magarez
    I'm right handed but play left handed guitar. And also play left handed hockey stick. I do everything with my right hand except previous things
    DissonantTimbre
    The best is when Paul Reed Smith said. "I don't make left handed guitars because no one makes left handed pianos."
    Cazman
    1. Can't Try Out Friends' Guitars This one is probably is the worst. Yeah this is definitely number one. 
    Captain Insano
    I feel being left-handed and playing 'backwards' would be an advantage - dominate hand is the fretting hand. In fact why aren't we right handed people playing left handed guitar?