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LEFTY - GUITARS & BASSES for the left handed player

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1.     LEFTY 2007 Ibanez Prestige RG-1570L Textured Black, (front), (finish detail), (complete trem system  Edge Pro), (headstock/neck), (plastic/knobs/etc.), (case).   Just add pickups and assemble!  A superb Japan-made Prestige and a shredder's dream guitar for the home tech or tinkerer.  Every piece is here, other than electronics so you can use whatever pickups you like, or we can install prior to shipping.  The guitar is super clean, zero fret wear, nice case, etc., although the past owner did a textured refinish that you may love or hate.  The finish is a nice job with the only flaws being non-textured spots on the bottom edge from sitting in a stand before the finish was dry.  The Prestige series by "Team J-Craft" are some of the nicest guitars coming out of Japan.  The RG-1570 is an new version of the old RG-570, although with improved high tech hardware, better Wizard Prestige neck, with 5-piece maple/walnut, and the new Edge-Pro tremolo system.  Other specs are Basswood body; maple neck; rosewood fretboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearl dot inlays; pickups direct mounted to body; Cosmo black hardware; HSH pickup configuration with 5-way switch, master volume, master tone; pearl logo inlay, and finished in Suede Black only.  For additional cost I can supply pickup sets like Duncans, DiMarzios, EMGs, and probably even an Ibanez V7-S1-V8, which were stock for this guitar.  The IBZ V7 (Vintage 7) pickup is tight, but bright, very dynamic for chording and rhythm; the S1 single coil is very articulate with especially clear mids; the IBZ V8 (Vintage 8) pickup is a warm and articulate, with enhanced harmonics without excessive brightness.  The RG-1570 Prestige currently runs $1199 at Zzounds; don't know if there's an upcharge for lefty.  With less than two hours of bench time you can do final assembly on this one and come in way under 1/2 that price.  $450 includes nice form fit Prestige case, factory hang tags, wrenches, and everything needed to complete the guitar.  If you want pickups installed, choose from ones we have in stock and you're looking at $675 with Duncans/DiMarzio/EMG/etc.   

2.     Hofner Beatle Bass - Ignition Series - Lefty, (front), (back), (headstock), (case, etc.).  As new condition and unplayed, with plastic still on the pickguard and pickups.  With so many Beatle fans in the world, many of whom couldn't afford a $2400 500/1 reissue, and since a lot of instruments are bought purely as memorabilia, it only made sense for someone to produce a model that's quite playable, but manufactured in China for a fraction of the cost of German labor. The Hofner HI Bass has the look that made this the most iconic bass in the history of rock and roll:  dual staple pickups pearloid pickguard and control plate, rosewood bridge with steel saddle plates, 5-bar trapeze tailpiece, violin-shaped arched-top and back body, spruce laminated top with flamed maple laminated back and sides, and white body binding.  If you're a Beatles or McCartney fan, this is a lefty, and the one you want.  If you're a player, this is a real blast to play.  With a very small body, and super lightweight hollowbody design, you barely know there's a bass strapped around your neck.  It also has a tone that sounds very close to the old Beatle recordings.  Again, this bass is unplayed except for my tech who did a very nice set up on it and at $349, you can't go wrong, especially considering that includes a nice hardshell case and pro setup.

3.     1997 Robin Medley Exotic Top - USA - LEFTY, (front front2), (pickups), (back), (headstock), (fretboard inlays), (neck), (trem), (case).  Another great lefty acquisition and this one's as nice as it gets...Robin Custom Shop model with all the bells and whistles.  With the Medley Standard IV as the starting point, this model features high end upgrades all around starting with a beautifully quilted maple top (over swamp ash) that's as fine as they come.  Next, add some body binding to really set it off, plus white pearl pickup covers/bobbins, custom pickup design with a slanted neck single, middle single, and bridge humbucker, with no pickguard to obscure the top, and you've got a true work of art.  Upgrades on the neck include killer flamed maple with a rosewood board, neck binding, and Robin's popular Dolphin inlays.  Other features include recessed Gotoh licensed Floyd Rose with Kahler Floyd nut, 24 medium jumbo frets, wide body sculpt on back to allow access to the upper frets, and Rio Grande pickups with 5-way switching.  Robins are hand-made in Houston TX where, since 1982, they have been synonymous with high-end SuperStrats, and more recently a wider variety of electrics.  This guitar plays spectacularly with low action and a fast feeling neck.  Overall in very clean shape with only a few minor flaws in the clear coat.  I'm not sure what trems Robin was using in '97 but this Gotoh looks original, although I can't find any info to verify one way or another.  It has some trem paperwork in the case with a patina the same age as the guitar which makes me favor the believe it's original.  No Robins are cheap, with base models priced around a USA Jackson, but when you custom order a guitar with these options I would guess this would have priced out at nearly $3K in '97.  A few features are really unique for a Medley, especially the bound neck, and the odds are astronomical that you'll find another guitar with the exact same specs.  If you know a lefty rock/metal player, be sure to tell them about this one, which is the lefty deal of the year at $899, including original Robin case and some paperwork.

4.     Ovation Elite LEFTY - Model L718, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (sound holes), (preamp), (label), (case).  Quality American Ovation for the lefty player.  The L718 features Ovation's 22-soundhole "epaulettes" made of a variety of exotic woods, as well as a solid Sitka spruce top, a 5-piece mahogany/maple neck, Lyrachord body, rosewood fretboard with wooden triangle inlays, rosewood bridge, 22 frets, gold Schaller tuners, 25-1/4" scale, and 1-11/16" nut width.  Preamp is Ovations OP-24 which features battery test switch and LED, volume knob, and sliders for bass/mid/treb.  Other than a minor ding on the top of the headstock it's in lovely condition and it plays exceptionally nice.  List price back in '90 was $1499, which makes it an excellent buy today at just $599.  Includes form fit SKB case.  

5.     2006 ESP Ltd Viper 400 - LEFTY, (front), (headstock), (back).  Another nice guitar for my wrong-handed friends.  This killer lefty Viper has high-end features with top notch craftsmanship at ESP's Korea factory.  The 400 was the top of the line in the Ltd Viper series, with top quality features and quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are being built in Korea these days.  The Ltd line was originally conceived to be a less expensive alternative to ESP's Japan-made guitars.  It's been my opinion that they're every bit as good as their ESP counterparts and I actually have found them to be better built the Japan ESP's in many instances.  Most imports have shortcomings in the way of electronic...but Viper 400 is an exception.  With a set up active EMG-81/85 pickups, this guitar sounds as good as many that cost 3X the price.  The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like an SG, except slightly thicker and the upper horn is slightly longer, rather than symmetrical like the SG.   It also features the same all-mahogany construction of the SG with a dark cherry glossy finish, with the same Tuneomatic bridge and tailpiece, 3/side headstock, Grover tuners, black hardware, and beveled body edges.  ESP left off the pickguard and used black hardware which give it a more elegant look.  Phased out in '09, the Viper 400 sold for $599 (for the righty at least) but this one's in immaculate shape and just $350.  

6.     2005 "LEFTY" Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster with Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (Deluxe features), (upgrades), (case). Hey guys and gals - tell your wrong-handed friends about this one. Beautiful American Deluxe with upgrades aimed at the rock player, with a trio of DiMarzio's and a "metal" look with a diamond plate pickguard. This trio of DiMarzio's was chosen for a wide variety of tones, and hum-free sound, even at high gain. There's an X2N (DP102) in the bridge, Chopper (DP184) in the middle, and an HS-2 (DP116) in the neck - wired to a 5-way switch for a good selection of traditional Strat tones, and much fatter tones that will make your amp scream. Other than the pickguard assembly, it's all stock with all the Deluxe features including Fender/Schaller locking tuners, 1-pc maple neck with Abalone dot inlays, contoured neck heel, raised chrome logo, polished chrome bridge/saddles. Other features include alder body, 22 medium jumbo frets, 9.5" radius, 25.5 scale, tilt-adjust neck, single string tree, and Schaller locking type strap pins. A new American Deluxe is going to run $1499 at the chain stores but this one is barely played, with a set up that's guaranteed to thrill, for $1050.Includes Fender molded case in similarly nice shape.

7.     LEFTY 1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite - Black, (close-up), (headstock), (back), (fine-tune nut), (case). Rare Lefty version of this model. I have three of these Lefty's in stock now (2 black), but this one is in investment grade. This guitar is all original, other than a brass nut that was a "must" for the serious player back in the 80's. There is no fret wear, no finish scratches front or back, no finish checking or other flaws. It appears to be a guitar that was bought new 28 years ago, played for a month or two, and put away in the case, only to surface in 2011. It's noteworthy that this guitar still has the fine-tune nut, which were frequently never installed, or removed and lost. Rather than using long descriptions, click here for a page I've created which outlines features of this innovative model. Lefty Elites are few and far between and if you're looking for a killer player with perfect electronics and one of the cleanest examples on the planet, this one's just $1499. Includes original lefty Fender case in similarly nice condition, but not a trem arm.

8.     LEFTY - 1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite - Sunburst, (close-up), (headstock), (back), (case). Rare Lefty version of this model. Rather than using long descriptions, click here for a page I've created which outlines features of this innovative model. There's one aspect that seems to be consistently different on the lefty Elite models. The belly cut appears to be much deeper and wider than on the standard righty modes. This guitar is all original and overall very nice shape with a high luster finish and little to no finish checking. Worst flaws are a few wear spot on the edge of the fretboard (shown here), two bb-size paint chips on the back (shown here), and light pitting on the bridge. It has never had the optional fine tuner headstock locking device installed so there are no extraneous screw holes. Lefty Elites are few and far between and if you're looking for a great player with electronics that function perfectly, this one's just $1299. Includes original lefty Fender case but and original trem arm.

9.     LEFTY - 1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite, (close-up), (headstock), (back), (frets/fretboard), (hardware), (case). Rare Lefty version of this model. Rather than using long descriptions, click here for a page I've created which outlines features of this innovative model. This guitar is all original and overall pretty nice shape for its age with the worst flaws being tarnished or pitted hardware (bridge, neckplate, fine-tune nut) and wear along the edge of the fretboard, primarily in the lower register. Unlike many of the Elite models I've had, this guitar has been played rather than spending its life in the case. There are normal scratches in the clear coat, not through the finish, and actually only moderate fret wear but with a nice set-up this is a good choice for the player who doesn't want to pay top dollar for a pristine model that's too clean to take to a gig. It's noteworthy that this guitar still has the fine-tune nut, which were frequently never installed, or removed and lost. Lefty Elites are few and far between and if you're looking for a killer player that works perfectly and plays superbly, this one's just $1199. Includes original lefty Fender case but not original trem arm.

10.  Lefty Epiphone Les Paul LP-100L, (front/back), (headstock). Don't confuse this with the "Special II", easily identifiable with it's flat top - this is a Les Paul 100, and features an arched top of maple over mahogany body, dual volume and tone controls, matching cream pickguard/pickup rings, pearloid Epi headstock logo, and sells new for $150 more. If you want the classic Gibson Les Paul feel and sound, but find the Epiphone Les Paul Standard a little higher than your budget allows, this one's for you. With dual open-coil humbuckers, a rosewood fretboard with a bolt-on mahogany neck and great body wood give this model the powerful, sustaining tone character of the best Les Pauls. They make these in an all-mahogany model for their painted finishes, but for their transparent finishes like this beautiful cherry sunburst, a maple top layer is used for aesthetic purposes. The pickups deliver the classic Paul tone - a powerful cutting bridge pickup and a thick, warm neck pickup. With a list price of $524 these sell at 40% at a nice price of $314 new. This one is in immaculate condition, set up to perfection, and just $239(SOLD 5/25). Add used Gibson gigbag for $20 (pic).

11.  Hofner Beatle Bass - Icon Series - Lefty, (front), (back), (headstock), (case, etc.). As new condition and unplayed, with plastic still on the pickguard and pickups. With so many Beatle fans in the world, many of whom couldn't afford a $2400 500/1 reissue, and since a lot of instruments are bought purely as memorabilia, it only made sense for someone to produce a model that's quite playable, but manufactured in China for a fraction of the cost of German labor. The Hofner Icon Bass has the look that made this the most iconic bass in the history of rock and roll: dual staple pickups pearloid pickguard and control plate, rosewood bridge with steel saddle plates, 5-bar trapeze tailpiece, violin-shaped arched-top and back body, spruce laminated top with flamed maple laminated back and sides, and white body binding. If you're a Beatles or McCartney fan, this is a lefty, and the one you want. If you're a player, this is a real blast to play. With a very small body, and super lightweight hollowbody design, you barely know there's a bass strapped around your neck. It also has a tone that sounds very close to the old Beatle recordings. Again, this bass is unplayed except for my tech who did a very nice set up on it and at $349, you can't go wrong, especially considering that includes optional hardshell case.

12.  2007 Epiphone LEFTY Les Paul Special II, (front/back), (headstock). Immaculate condition and a set-up that shows that you don't have to spend $400 to get a nice playing guitar. up that's better than factory. This is the most basic model of the Les Paul line and an excellent choice for entry level to intermediate. Features include Alder body - beautiful cherry sunburst finish with a high gloss finish - Mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, dual humbucker pickups controlled by master volume - tone - three-way selector, and stopbar/Tuneomatic bridge. List price is $307 but this nice barely used one's just $159(HOLD Tim H 1/31).

13.  Danelectro '56 U-2 - "Lefty" , (front/back), (headstock). - in cool retro color "Aqua", which is more of a surf green. Realizing the supply/demand shortage of these guitars in lefty's, we took the bull by the horns and converted (pic here) this one, which was simply installing a lefty aluminum nut, working a few of the saddle string slots, and re-setting the intonation. Just let us know where you'd like the strap pin installed, basically any of the three locations shown here. A few years ago Dano dropped the entire line and came out with the '56 Pro, which was soon dropped, and they're now making the '59 DC and the new Dano Pro which is sort of a Gumby shaped body style. Player's love the '56 U-2, even if only to pull them out for one or two songs per set. But they set up flawlessly, are feather weight, and nothing sounds like these vintage lipstick pickups. The fact that you can get a pro-quality tone in this price range is remarkable. Stacked knobs give you volume and tone on each pickup plus the usual 3-way selector. If you're a lefty and don't mind a guitar that used to be a righty (Hendrix thought it was okay), this one's around $75 cheaper, set up with superb action, and yours for just $225.

14.  LEFTY Fender DG-10LH, Acoustic Dreadnought. New, perfect, never retailed. Features spruce top, mahogany sides and back, in classic dreadnought style. Satin finish lends itself to better transfer of energy and this is a very good sounding acoustic for the money - plus setup better than any neglected guitar in a store. Listed for $284 but this one is untouched, fully setup, and just $165.

15.  LEFTY Fender DG-10CELH, (pic2), Acoustic Electric Cutaway. Again, new and perfect. Specs are the same as the DG-10 except features a cutaway and Fender CE-300 preamp with endpin output jack. List on this one was $399 but, again, this one's fully setup and just $229.

16.  2001 Fender DG-10CE-LH Lefty, acoustic/electric, very clean and nice guitar for the bucks, $225