#1
I play lefty and it's frustrating finding out what guitars are available. It seems the information is always changing. Furthermore, generally, we're either seemingly either remanded to custom shop models that are $2500+ or entry level models.

I'm looking for a "shred-style" superstrat in the $1k-$2k range. Charvel, Jackson, Ibanez, etc. I also don't really have any idea what I would like in terms of playability since I will likely never get to try the guitar before I buy. I currently have a '13 MIA strat. I think I prefer thicker necks, and I definitely want a fast playing guitar with a humbucker in the bridge. What would you guys recommend?

I really like the JS2400, but at $2300 it's a little out of price range for a guitar I have no experience with. Anyone experienced with this model?
Last edited by RyanMW2010 at Oct 16, 2014,
#3
I think Schecter will be your best bet. They off nearly all their models left handed at little to no upcharge. Ibanez you're a bit SOL, they don't have a ton of lefties to start, let alone in their Prestige or Iron label line. As previously mentioned Carvin is a good company too. If you're between $1-2 grand though, you could go research some custom companies who could do something basic in your price range.
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#4
Carvin IS a custom company. Their bolt neck superstrats are under a grand, and you can easily upgrade to one of the neck throughs DCs for that budget. They take awhile to ship because they handbuild everything in California. They do have a few ready to ship models on hand sometimes, too.
They don't charge extra for lefties, either.
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Last edited by ryanbwags at Oct 16, 2014,
#5
Quote by ryanbwags
Carvin IS a custom company....


Well, semi-custom. They do have set models with set specs and you just choose the wood, hardware and finish.

Besides the point, OP. Go check Carvin. My buddy who's a lefty got a sweet neck through Les Paul style with a purple quilted maple top for around $1500.
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#6
Quote by ryanbwags
Carvin IS a custom company. Their bolt neck superstrats are under a grand, and you can easily upgrade to one of the neck throughs DCs for that budget. They take awhile to ship because they handbuild everything in California. They do have a few ready to ship models on hand sometimes, too.
They don't charge extra for lefties, either.

Indeed Semicustom, and also not handbuilt everything. They use CNC routers to cut the body, neck and headstock.
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#7
Carvin may be your best option besides custom. I can think of a LOT of guitar companies out there, but most do charge a premium for lefty models...if they make them.

There are luthiers in America who will make what you want, and actually within your price range. Jon Kammerer is one I've used in the past, and his prices for standard models start @$2000.
http://jonkammerercustoms.com

He's reconstructing his website, but here's an exemplar of a HSS he did:
http://www.guitaraffair.com/kammerer.php

Also, here are some lefty guitar resources. If ANYBODY knows better, these guys will.

http://leftyfretz.com/
http://www.southpawguitars.com/
http://www.adirondackguitar.com/lefty/LHMenu.htm
http://www.jerrysleftyguitars.com/
http://leftyguitarsonly.com/
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Oct 16, 2014,
#8
Quote by LP_CL
Indeed Semicustom, and also not handbuilt everything. They use CNC routers to cut the body, neck and headstock.


Gibson also uses CNC routers. "Handbuilt" is an interesting term in guitar building.
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
#9
Pretty much unless you're looking at certain HIGH-end guitars, almost every guitar will include a lot of CNC work. For instance, AFAIK, Somogyi's are all hand-made...but they start at $20,000.
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