Left Handed Epiphone Guitars 2021 – Marvellous Yet Affordable Guitars

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars
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Last Updated on September 3, 2021 by Chris

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars

After looking at left handed Squier guitars, known for being cheaper versions of Fender guitars, I thought I’d have a look at Epiphone‘s guitars, as they’re often thought of as making cheaper versions of Gibson guitars, though this isn’t necessarily the case.

Let’s take a look at the company and whether there are many left handed Epiphone guitars available for us lefties to buy.

Who Are Epiphone Guitars?

Epiphone started out as a company founded in 1873 by a Greek man, Anastasios Stathopoulos. His company originally built violins and lutes, but after moving to the United States in 1903, they also started to build mandolins as well.

In 1915, after Anastasios’ death, his son Epaminondas took over the company and named the company The House of Stathopoulo. Epaminondas was also known as “Epi”, hence the name Epiphone, the “phone” part coming from the Greek word meaning “Voice”.

After World War I had ended, the company began producing banjos and later changed the name of the company to the Epiphone Banjo Company, and by 1928, they started to produce guitars.

After Epi passed away in 1943, his brothers took over the company, and later, they sold the company to Gibson in 1957.

What Do I Think of Epiphone Guitars?

Epiphone are often thought of as the company that builds budget versions of Gibson guitars. This is true to some extent, but unlike what Squier is to Fender, Epiphone differ in that they also make guitars that are not Gibson copies.

Before Gibson had acquired them in 1957, Epiphone were already known for making their own guitars, some of which had very high-quality workmanship.

In fact, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison of The Beatles are all well known for playing Epiphone Casinos. Gary Clark Jr. also plays an Epiphone Casino, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis often played Epiphone Sheratons.

I own a 2004 Korean-made Epiphone Les Paul Standard, myself. It was the second electric guitar I ever bought, which I got secondhand from eBay and I loved it! It played really well and seemed to be very well made, and to this day I still play it from time to time.

At one point I was also looking into buying an Epiphone Sheraton II but never did in the end, as I then ended up going a different route, and buying an Ibanez guitar.

Different Types of Epiphone Guitars

For their electric guitars, Epiphone have a wide range of guitars available:

  • Original Les Paul Collection
  • Original ES Collection
  • Original SG Collection
  • Original Designer Collection
  • Original Bass Collection
  • Electric Travel Guitar Collection
  • Modern Les Paul Collection
  • Modern SG Collection
  • Artist Collection
  • Slash Collection
  • Made in USA
  • Archtop Collection
  • Designer Collection
  • Bass Collection

And for their acoustic guitars:

  • Made in USA Collection
  • Original Acoustic Collection
  • Masterbilt Collection
  • Acoustic Travel Guitar Collection
  • Bluegrass Collection
  • Ukulele Collection
  • The Super Jumbo Collection

Left Handed Epiphone Electric Guitars

As you can see, Epiphone have a pretty sizable range of guitars, with 45 electric models available to righties. So how many left handed Epiphone guitars are there?

At the time of writing, there are four left handed Epiphone guitars in their electric range. Check them out below.

Epiphone, along with Kramer guitars, is part of the Gibson Brands Family.

Les Paul Custom

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - Two Epiphone Les Paul Custom guitars; one Alpine White, one Ebony

$679.00 MSRP

  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Gloss – Alpine White, Ebony
  • SCALE: 24.75″ (628.65mm)
  • NECK: Set Neck; Glued-in Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: 60s SlimTaper
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with Pearloid Block inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″
  • NUT TYPE: Graph Tech NuBone
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43mm)
  • FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Gold
  • TUNERS: Grover Rotomatic 18:1
  • BRIDGE: Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic and Stop Bar
  • NECK PICKUP: Epiphone ProBucker 2
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Epiphone ProBucker 3
  • CONTROLS: 2 Volume, 2 Tone – CTS potentiometers, 3-way Epiphone toggle

Les Paul Standard 50s

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - Three Epiphone Les Paul Standard 50s; one Metallic Gold, one Heritage Cherry Sunburst, and one Vintage Sunburst

$599.00 MSRP

  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Gloss – Metallic Gold, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst
  • TOP: Carved Hard Maple Cap with AAA Flame Maple Veneer
  • SCALE: 24.75″ (628.65mm)
  • NECK: Set Neck; Glued-in Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: 50s Rounded Medium C
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Laurel with Trapezoid inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″
  • NUT TYPE: Graph Tech NuBone
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43mm)
  • FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Nickel
  • TUNERS: Epiphone Vintage Deluxe 18:1 ratio machine heads
  • BRIDGE: Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic and Stop Bar
  • NECK PICKUP: Epiphone ProBucker 1
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Epiphone ProBucker 2
  • CONTROLS: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, CTS pots, 50s style wiring, 3-way Epiphone toggle

Les Paul Standard 60s

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - Three Epiphone Les Paul Standard 60s; one Ebony, one Bourbon Burst, and one Iced Tea

$599.00 MSRP

  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Gloss – Ebony, Bourbon Burst, Iced Tea
  • TOP: AA Flame Maple
  • SCALE: 24.75″ (628.65mm)
  • NECK: Glued-in Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: SlimTaper 60s C
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Laurel with Pearloid Trapezoid inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″
  • NUT TYPE: Graph Tech
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43mm)
  • FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Nickel
  • TUNERS: Grover Rotomatic 18:1
  • BRIDGE: LockTone ABR Tune-o-matic with stop bar
  • NECK PICKUP: Epiphone ProBucker 2
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Epiphone ProBucker 3
  • CONTROLS: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, CTS pots, 50s style wiring, 3-way Epiphone toggle

SG Standard

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - Three Epiphone SG Standards; one Alpine White, one Ebony, and one Heritage Cherry

$449.00 MSRP

  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Gloss – Alpine White, Ebony, and Heritage Cherry
  • SCALE: 24.75″ (628.65mm)
  • NECK: Set-Neck; Glued-in Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: 60s SlimTaper
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Laurel with Trapezoid inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″
  • NUT TYPE: Graph Tech NuBone
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43mm)
  • FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Nickel
  • TUNERS: Epiphone Deluxe Tuners 18:1 ratio
  • BRIDGE: Epiphone LockToneā„¢ Tune-O-Matic and stop bar
  • NECK PICKUP: Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO
  • CONTROLS: 2- Volume, 2- Tone CTS pots, 3-way Epiphone toggle

Left Handed Epiphone Acoustic Guitars

Epiphone have quite a large number of acoustic guitars available, as well as one mandolin and two ukuleles.

For us lefties, there are just two left handed Epiphone acoustic guitars, including one of the most expensive Epiphones out there with, at the time of writing, an MSRP of more than $2699! A lovely guitar to be sure! The other is quite possibly the cheapest at $149!

Check them out below:

Texan (USA)

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - Two Epiphone Texan USA's; one Antique Natural, and one Vintage Sunburst

$2,699.00 MSRP

  • NUMBER OF STRINGS: 6
  • TOP: Solid Spruce
  • BACK AND SIDE: Solid Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Nitrocellulose – Antique Natural, Vintage Sunburst
  • SCALE: 25.5″ (647.7mm)
  • NECK: Mahogany; with Compound dovetail neck joint
  • NECK PROFILE: Round D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood with Mother-of-pearl single Parallelogram inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″
  • NUT TYPE: Bone
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.73″ (43.815mm)
  • FRETS: 20 Legend
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Nickel
  • TUNERS: Grover Cream Button
  • BRIDGE: Indian Rosewood
  • UNDER SADDLE PICKUP: LR Baggs VTC
  • CONTROLS: Volume and Tone

Songmaker DR-100

$149.00 MSRP

  • NUMBER OF STRINGS: 6
  • TOP: Select Spruce
  • BACK AND SIDE: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Gloss – Natural
  • SCALE: 25.5″ (647.7mm)
  • NECK: Mahogany with Dovetail Glued-in neck joint
  • NECK PROFILE: SlimTaper C
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood with Dot inlays
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43mm)
  • FRETS: 20 Medium Jumbo
  • TUNERS: Premium Die Cast
  • BRIDGE: Rosewood
  • UNDER SADDLE PICKUP: None
  • CONTROLS: None

Left Handed Epiphone Basses

Unfortunately for left handed bass players, there are no left handed Epiphone bass guitars available at the time of writing.

Final Thoughts

As with most other guitar companies, there’s a distinct lack of variety when it comes to left handed Epiphone guitars. We get the most common/popular Epiphone electric models; two Les Paul Standards, a Les Paul Custom, and one SG Standard.

It would’ve been fantastic if some of the other classic shapes were available to left handers; a Flying V or Explorer perhaps. Or even some Epiphone original models such as the Casino, as used by lefty Beatle, Paul McCartney.

I remember in recent years, the Casino and Sheraton II were available left handed, but at the moment, none of the Epiphone archtops are made in lefty form.

I also love the look of the Lzzy Hale Explorer, which again, is unavailable left handed.

We’re just gonna have to settle for a limited range of left handed Epiphone guitars. At least there are some nice finishes available!

What are your thoughts on left handed Epiphone guitars? Do you own any? If so, what do you have and what do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Image credits: epiphone.com

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars 2021 – Marvellous Yet Affordable Guitars

6 thoughts on “Left Handed Epiphone Guitars 2021 – Marvellous Yet Affordable Guitars

  1. Hey lefties,
    I have a lefty Epi LP Special in ruby red and with all black hardware.
    It has great sustain and is pretty heavy.
    Sounds great, my only issues are crappy tuners, plastic nut, plastic tone selection switch broke and it’s hard to get matching hardware to upgrade it in black! I added a secondhand Gibson, black 3 ply pickguard that took a little modification. I still like the šŸŽø more than the newer Epi SG Special in Cherry Red. Feels cheap and it is.SG Standard is worth the extra bucks imo.

    1. I must admit, I am a fan of red guitars with black hardware! There’s something very cool-looking about them.

      I just did a search on Thomann (not sure where in the world you are, but they ship to a lot of places); they sell a fair number of different black hardware. Here are some links (affiliate links):
      Grover Rotomatics: https://www.thomann.de/intl/grover_gr305_bc_mid_size_rotomatic.htm?partner_id=42621
      Nut: https://www.thomann.de/intl/graph_tech_pt_6000_l0_nut.htm?partner_id=42621

      There are various toggle switches on Amazon. You could try this: https://amzn.to/3xNaKWy

      Hope that helps! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Epiphone Explorer….cant find

    Inspired by the rare 1958 classic and powered by Epiphone ProBuckerā„¢ with CTS electronics
    The Epiphone Explorer from the Inspired by Gibson Collection recreates the ultra-rare classic from 1958. Featuring a Mahogany body in a gloss Ebony finish, Epiphone ProBuckerā„¢ humbuckers with CTS electronics, and GroverĀ® tuners.
    Finish
    Ebony
    Ebony
    Handedness

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