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Last Updated on September 16, 2020 by Chris

Hey all! I’m Chris, I live in England and welcome to Lefty Guitarist, a website for all left-handed guitar players. Of course, righties are welcome too!

My Guitar Journey

I have been playing guitar since I was thirteen years old, and I’ve been left-handed for as long as I can remember!

Actually, I first picked up a guitar when I was a few years younger, when I found my dad’s old classical guitar in a cupboard. It was, of course, strung for a right-handed person, but I just enjoyed making a noise, so it didn’t really matter anyway.

A few years later, around 1990, I discovered music and bands that inspired me to want to learn how to play and even make up my own music. It was then, at thirteen years old that I had decided that the guitar was for me.

I’m very lucky to have very supportive parents, so not too much later, I was the proud owner of a left-handed Hohner Professional ST59 electric guitar, which I still own to this day (though its condition is not the best these days).

I haven’t really been the most dedicated student of the guitar, so I’m still learning, even after thirty years! I hope I can learn loads of new stuff as I write this blog, and maybe share it here too.

Where’s Mine?!

Over the years since then, I’d noticed a distinct lack of choice of guitar designs for the left-handed player. I remember looking through an old Fender catalog or perusing the local music shops, and only being able to find one or two guitars aimed at us poor southpaws, whereas there were dozens of designs in so many wonderful colors on offer in a right-handed configuration. “Where’s mine?!”, I used to think to myself!

LeftyGuitarist.com

Nowadays, a lefty’s choice is a lot better, though our right-handed counterparts still get a much wider variety to choose from. Now I’m glad to have a little place where I can share my thoughts and experiences about gear, info and other guitar related stuff with like-minded Lefty Guitarists! So anything I write about on this website will apply to any left-handed folk out there. Obviously there’ll also be stuff for all guitarists; after all, I don’t think there’s such a thing as a left-handed amplifier or a left-handed effects pedal!

If you ever have any questions, or would like to share anything, please feel free to comment or send me a message and I’ll do my best to help out.

Keep on rockin’!

Chris
Lefty Guitarist

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6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. If you stumble upon one on the second hand market try a Gaskell. Explorers and Firebirds they were renowned for.

    1. Hey Oscar,
      Thanks for the comment.

      Yeah, I have heard of Gaskell, but I have never seen one yet. They’re an Aussie guitar company right?

      Maybe I’ll take a look at their lefty range in the future!

  2. Ahh..Hohner Professional ST59 electric guitar, This was my first in electric guitar it was really built solidly. I remember getting it setup by a guitar tech at the guitar shop and walked in one day to pick it up and i could hear this guitar playing it was the guitar tech playing my Hohner. He said he would gig with this guitar anyday as it played beautifully. I had no experience at playing back then and i asked him do you do lessons and he got annoyed by the question. It was obvious he was in bands and had decent experience but he’s no guitar teacher. I had next to no equipment only plugged it into a boombox and bought a boss overdrive pedal and headphones. Lost the hohner to a pawnshop. Someone has this guitar in their cupboard.

    1. Thanks for the comment Chris.
      Wow! What a coincidence that we had the same guitar as our first one! It really is a good guitar, and if only I’d maintained it properly in the thirty years or so that I’ve had it.

      I still like to play it to this day, albeit not plugged in as it really crackles and buzzes now, so you can barely get much sound from it anymore. I plan to do some upgrades on it when I get the time.

      Haha, it’s a shame the guy couldn’t give you lessons. How did you go about learning after that?

      A shame also that you got rid of the Hohner!

      Thanks for visiting the site.

  3. Hi Chris,
    thanks for turning up on the Aveyroad web site and left a message 🙂
    it’s always great to check out another lefty fellow there on the internet.
    Just liked your FB page.
    Hope things are ok in the UK
    stay safe and talk soon 🙂
    greetings from France
    Eric

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