The Best Left Handed Electric Guitars for Beginners – Buying Guide!

Lefties have it a bit rough, don’t they? The world is dominantly right handed after all. To help our friends out who want to learn the guitar left handed, we’ve put together a quick list of the four best left handed electric guitars for beginners!

There were quite a few more options than we expected, so picking four wasn’t easy, but boy was playing all those instruments fun!

After we give you the details on all four of our picks we will run down a buyers guide that will help you shop for a guitar if you want to browse a bit more before choosing!

The Best Left Handed Electric Guitars

Ibanez GRX 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Left, Transparent Blue Burst,...
Top Pick!
Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70's Stratocaster Left Hand Electric Guitar - HSS...
ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar, Dark Brown Sunburst
Donner 39 Inch Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar Full Size Tele Style Solid...
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Ibanez GRX 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Left, Transparent Blue Burst,...
Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70's Stratocaster Left Hand Electric Guitar - HSS...
ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar, Dark Brown Sunburst
Donner 39 Inch Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar Full Size Tele Style Solid...
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Ibanez GRX 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Left, Transparent Blue Burst,...
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Ibanez GRX 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Left, Transparent Blue Burst,...
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$249.99
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Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70's Stratocaster Left Hand Electric Guitar - HSS...
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Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70's Stratocaster Left Hand Electric Guitar - HSS...
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$429.99
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ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar, Dark Brown Sunburst
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ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar, Dark Brown Sunburst
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81 Reviews
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$429.00
Donner 39 Inch Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar Full Size Tele Style Solid...
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Donner 39 Inch Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar Full Size Tele Style Solid...
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$129.99

We did our best to pick out at least one option for each type of player. Gibson humbucker lovers will have an option right along with those who love the classic Stratocaster.

Ibanez GRX 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar

The first guitar on our list is the Ibanez GRX 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar in blue burst. This stylish guitar looks nice and it plays great too! The Ibanez guitar features a poplar body with a very special New Zealand Pine fretboard and maple neck, a standard 25.5″ scale (626 mm) with 22 medium frets.

The GRX series is equipped with the awesome Infinity R humbucker pickups, including an Infinity R neck pickup and an Infinity R bridge pickup for sound versatility. A standard tremolo bridge and a fixed nut provide smooth action and accurate intonation.

I played a number of Ibanez styled guitars before I picked up this one. The blue pops and if you like the shredding sound of a Ibanez, you cannot go wrong with this guitar!

PRO

  • Poplar Body and Maple Top
  • T106 Tremolo Bridge
  • Infinity R Humbucker Pickups
  • Phenomenal look and finish
  • Amazing sound for metal/rock

CONS

  • Middle pickup is somewhat poorly located.

Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70’s Stratocaster Left Hand Electric Guitar

Our top pick is the Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70’s Stratocaster Left Hand Electric Guitar. I’ve always been a little biased towards Stratocasters ever since Marty McFly in back to the future ripped up the gym with one!

This guitar is very comfortable to hold, the body has a bit of weight to it. The neck is maple which seems to me like what I prefer as far as necks go. The Classic Vibe series is dedicated to the authentic sounds that made this instruments so popular in the first place.

As all Strats should, this guitar has a  neck/middle/bridge single coil pickup configuration with custom Fender pickups. There is not another guitar on this list, and especially for under $500, that I’d rather play!

PRO

  • Classic Fender Sound
  • Poplar Body, Maple Neck
  • Fender Alnico Pickups
  • Vintage Tremolo Bridge
  • Slim C Shaped Extra Playable Neck

CONS

  • LH is limited on color options

ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar, Dark Brown Sunburst

I actually played more Gibson and Epiphone models than any other style guitar before going with the ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar, Dark Brown Sunburst. The humbucker sound rang true on this guitar and I came to love the tone!

The finish is a very classic looking sunburst. The neck has a standard 22 fret size but it gives it a bit of a retro look and feel. The electronics are all genuine ESP passive pickups and you have a Vol/Vol/Tone toggle switch for control.

The ESP LTD series is one of the guitars that every serious guitarist should have in their collection. If you are a beginner, there are a LOT worse choices you could go with for your first instrument!

PRO

  • Passive, Covered Humbucker Pickups
  • Classic Gibson Sound
  • Super Low Hum
  • Beautiful Instrument
  • Amazing Value – Worth Twice the Price

CONS

  • Plastic Nuts

Donner 39 Inch Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar

Beginners don’t always want to spend a bunch on their first instrument. We get that. For those of you in that category the best budget left handed electric guitar goes to the Donner 39 Inch Telecaster Left Handed Electric Guitar.

In true telecaster style this guitar has everything you’d expect from a timeless classic. A Telecaster’s body is made of ash wood with a maple neck, the fretboard and bridge are made of rosewood. The pickups are arranged in the neck/bridge style, these are the first component you’ll want to upgrade if you keep this instrument long term!

I was surprised by the sound and quality that this instrument produced! You can spend a lot more on instruments that don’t sound half as good!

PRO

  • Authentic Telecaster Look and Feel
  • Poplar Body
  • Maple Neck and Top
  • Low Action – No Buzz
  • Great Budget Instrument!

CONS

  • Pickups will need upgraded – lots of hum at high volume


Left Handed Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Let’s say we didn’t list out an instrument that you’ve been looking at, how do you make your choices? In this section we’ll talk about everything we look for when shopping left handed electric guitars!

The Style of Electric Guitar

Acoustic guitars pretty much all look the same. Not so with electrics. Each of the traditional guitar makers has their own style of electric guitar. Ibanez, Gibson and Fender are the most well known. Each of these makes a great instrument.

I have a soft spot in my heart for the Fender Stratocaster, but everyone is different and the genre of your favorite music heavily weighs in on which style will be best for you!

Quality Components

The more you spend on a guitar, the better quality electronics you will find in it. That’s true for all guitars as well. The pickups are the most crucial component in an electric guitar.

The pickup is where the majority of the tone is produced, by that I mean what you hear out of your guitar. It also includes the effect on it as well. The electric guitars above are all equipped with a genuine original Fender component!

Tuners, strings, frets, the bridge, and the tone/volume switches or knobs all play a part as well. On beginner level instruments you’re not going to find anything special in these components, but they shouldn’t feel or look cheap (if they do, they probably are).

Weight and Size (Guitar Weight)

I’m not saying that these instruments weigh tons, but I have been a bit spoiled by my other guitars having a more “lightweight” quality to them. Electric guitars are mostly solid body, so they will weigh a lot more than acoustics.

This may or may not be an issue, if you normally wear a guitar strap or play seated the weight of your instrument is less of a concern than if you’re standing for long periods of playing time.

The Final Note

There you have it! The best left handed electric guitar is the Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70’s Stratocaster, although you can’t go wrong with any of these instruments! Any one of these guitars will make a great addition to your arsenal and go great as a beginners first instrument or an upgrade for a poor or cheap first purchase!

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A ukulele player pretty much from birth, Edward has gone on to play banjo, lead guitar, and bass for a number of bands and solo projects! Edward loves talking, teaching and writing about music!

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