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Interviews With Famous Left-Handed Guitarists

Some of the worlds best-known guitarists talk about their technique, influences and of course, problems sourcing great left handed instruments

Elliot Easton of The Cars
talks about being a left handed guitarist

Found this great piece from Elliot Easton, the lead guitar player in The Cars. With over 30 million sold records under his belt, Elliot is well respected in the guitar world, both as player and composer - and, of course he is a left hand player.

Here he talks about his influences and being a lefty. Hopefully this will inspire left hand guitar players out there.

I grew up and I live in a right handed world and so as a kid any time a friend would get a cool new guitar I couldn't really play it, i'd have to flip it over and just sort of play it with the strings upside down and stuff like that.

I mean there's no real disadvatage technically but.. I didn't even really know there was such a thing as a left handed guitar when I got my first electric. You know I just got a cheap import model and turned the strings around. I'd never seen a left handed guitar...

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath
on sourcing left hand guitars 'back in the day'

Tony Iommi, along with his band Black Sabbath, practically invented Heavy Metal. In this short clip he talks about his troubles finding quality American left hand guitars in mid-sixties Birmingham.

I couldn't get the guitar that I wanted. I wanted a Gibson... or even a Fender... it was really hard to get a left handed Fender.

I happened to come across a Watkins that was left handed so I used that one.

Kurt Cobain
talks about his lefty Fender Mustang and Jaguar guitars

Kurt Cobain talks about left handed guitars, and restringing right handed guitars in the early days of Nirvana.

It's a bit easier now because I have an endorsement with Fender Guitars now so they are making me left-handed Mustangs...

When we were on our first couple of tours i'd only have one guitar.. it'd have to be cheap, you know a $30 guitar from a pawn shop and i'd end up breaking it after a show and then the next day was consumed with trying to find a pawn ship... the few dollars that we had trying to buy a guitar.. and then we'd have to turn the strings around and try to intonate it ourselves. It just made for a really out-of-tune raunchy experience.

JP Cervoni
talks about playing "Left-handed and Backwards"

Like fellow bluesmen Albert King and Otis Rush, JP Cervoni learned to play a right handed guitar flipped over with no restringing. This results in the thickest strings at the bottom of the fretboard rather than at the top - completely changing the way the guitar is played, but giving exponents of the "Left-handed and Backwards" guitar a highly unique sound

Nobody ever told me I was supposed to switch the strings being a lefty guy - I flipped a normal guitar the other way never knowing... and guess what I never had a problem, AND I think there are certain advantages to this kind of technique

Paul McCartney
talks to Ronnie Wood about playing right hand guitars

Paul McCartney is probably one of the best known left handed musicians, but he can also play "left-handed and backwards"

..I picked up one of the guitars, which was right handed... but 'cause so many of my mates had right handed, i'd learned to play them upside down - a little bit

..nobodies got a left handed... if you suddenly need to grab a guitar and you go oh let me show you this... you've got to do it upside down..


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2018 Gibson SG Faded Left Handed Worn Bourbon MINT UNPLAYED
MADISON, WISCONSIN, 53713, USA
$805.50

2018 Gibson SG Faded Left Handed, Worn Bourbon, satin finish, weighs 6 lbs. - 1 4 oz , an awesome guitar, plastic still on the pick guard, mint unplayed, has the original case. $40 00 for lower USA 48 states shipping. < div style= " text-align:center " > < a style= " text-decoration:none" href= " http: / /mostpopular sellathon com / ?id=AC1173833 " > < img src= " http: / /www sellathon com / Resources / Images / countercredit gif" border= " 0"> < / a> < / div>... more


Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar Left-Handed w / Case 3-Tone Sunburst NEW
TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA, 90505, USA
$1224.99

Package Contents: 1- Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar Left-Handed, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst Item Description Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar Left-Handed Rosewood Fingerboard 3-Color Sunburst Fender's Kurt Cobain Jaguar® is a new-looking version of the battered and highly unusual 1965 Jaguar that Cobain wielded during the heady early-'90s era when Nirvana ruled rock and led a musically stunning and culturally subversive movement. Features include an alder body, bound fingerboard with pearloid... more

2018 Gibson SG Special Natural Satin Left Handed MINT UNPLAYED
MADISON, WISCONSIN, 53713, USA
$1075.50

2018 Gibson SG Special Left Handed, Natural Satin, weighs 5 lbs. - 6 6 oz , an awesome guitar, plastic still on the pick guard, mint unplayed, has the original case. $40 00 for lower USA 48 states shipping. < div style= " text-align:center " > < a style= " text-decoration:none" href= " http: / /mostpopular sellathon com / ?id=AC1173833 " > < img src= " http: / /www sellathon com / Resources / Images / countercredit gif" border= " 0"> < / a> < / div>... more

2018 Gibson SG Standard Autumn Shade Left Handed MINT UNPLAYED
MADISON, WISCONSIN, 53713, USA
$1435.50

2018 Gibson SG Standard, left handed, Autumn Shade, gloss finish, weighs 6 lbs. - 9 2 oz , plastic still on the pick guard, an awesome guitar, mint unplayed, has the original hard case. $50 00 for lower USA 48 states shipping. < div style= " text-align:center " > < a style= " text-decoration:none" href= " http: / /mostpopular sellathon com / ?id=AC1173833 " > < img src= " http: / /www sellathon com / Resources / Images / countercredit gif" border= " 0"> < / a> < /... more

2018 Gibson SG Standard Left Handed Heritage Cherry MINT UNPLAYED
MADISON, WISCONSIN, 53713, USA
$1345.50

2018 Gibson SG Standard Left Handed, Heritage Cherry, gloss finish, weighs 6 lbs. - 15 3 oz , an awesome guitar, plastic still on the pick guard, mint unplayed, has the original hard case. $50 00 for lower USA 48 states shipping. < div style= " text-align:center " > < a style= " text-decoration:none" href= " http: / /mostpopular sellathon com / ?id=AC1173833 " > < img src= " http: / /www sellathon com / Resources / Images / countercredit gif" border= " 0"> < / a> < /... more

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar NOS Left-Hnd Guitar 3-Color Sunburst Rosewood FB
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, 64161, USA
$1224.99

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar NOS Left-Hnd Guitar 3-Color Sunburst Rosewood FB A pristine recreation of Kurt's guitar with DiMarzio humbuckers and versatile electronics. Fender's Kurt Cobain Jaguar is a new-looking version of the battered and highly unusual 1965 Jaguar that Cobain wielded during the heady early-'90s era when Nirvana ruled rock and led a musically stunning and culturally subversive movement Features include an alder body bound fingerboard with pearloid dot markers, Stratocaster... more


2017 Gibson SG Standard T Left Handed Cherry Burst MINT UNPLAYED
MADISON, WISCONSIN, 53713, USA
$1255.50

2017 Gibson SG Standard T, Left Handed, Cherry Burst, gloss finish, weighs 6 lbs. - 7 9 oz , an awesome guitar, plastic still on the pick guard, mint unplayed, has the original hard case. $50 00 for lower USA 48 states shipping. < div style= " text-align:center " > < a style= " text-decoration:none" href= " http: / /mostpopular sellathon com / ?id=AC1173833 " > < img src= " http: / /www sellathon com / Resources / Images / countercredit gif" border= " 0"> < / a> < /... more

2013 Gibson SG SGJ Lefty Left Handed TV White w/ COA -- Used but Near MINT
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, 92109, USA
$795.00

Scroll down for 55 High Definition images and pictures inside Here's a LEFT HANDED 2013 Gibson SGJ Standard in a factory original TV White Satin finish. She's in near MINT condition and only has light, if any, playwear It has been very well cared for and in the gigbag most of the time. The frets are in excellent condition and it has a medium neck profile. Here's the details --- As part of the 2013 Year of Les Paul celebrations, Gibson USA brings you a new SG model that’s available at an... more

Epiphone SG Standard Lefty Left Handed Tony Iommi Signature Model G-400
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, 92109, USA
$695.00

Here's a LEFT HANDED Epiphone SG Tony Iommi G-400 Signature model in a factory original Gloss Black finish. This guitar is in very good condition and has average playwear. The finish has a fair amount of small indents, scratches and dings associated with average playwear - see pics. The pickups and pots are all original. The neck is a 60's slim taper and she weighs 6 9 lbs on a digital scale. It has just been deep cleaned and detailed. The frets were polished and the fingerboard was cleaned,... more

NEAR MINT 2012 GIBSON SG STANDARD BLACK LEFT-HANDED MADE IN USA
PORTLAND, OREGON, 97218, USA
$949.00

This is a beautiful guitar! It looks amazing and sounds incredible! I hate to let it go but need the money. I purchased this in like new condition about 3 years ago. Initially played a few gigs with it but over the past couple years it's just been sitting in it's case. The gigs I did play with it went over really well. The double humbucker pickups provide such a clear powerful tone it makes it very easy to fill any kind of room with medium size amps. The pickups are so fine tuned they allow for... more

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