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.
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!
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’!