Left Handed Epiphone Guitars 2020 – Marvellous Yet Affordable Guitars

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Last Updated on July 6, 2021 by Chris

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars

After recently 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 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
  • Archtop Collection
  • Designer Collection
  • Bass Collection

And for their acoustic guitars:

  • Epiphone 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?

There are three left handed Epiphone guitars in their electric range. Check them out below:

Les Paul Standard 50s

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - Les Paul Standard 50s
  • NECK: Glued-in Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: SlimTaper 60s C
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Laurel
  • FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • NECK PICKUP: ProBucker 1
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: ProBucker 2
  • FINISH: Metallic Gold, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, and Vintage Sunburst

Les Paul Standard 60s

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - Les Paul Standard 60s
  • NECK: Set-Neck; Glued-in Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: 50s Rounded Medium C
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Laurel
  • FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: LockTone ABR Tune-O-Matic
  • NECK PICKUP: ProBucker 2
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: ProBucker 3
  • FINISH: Iced Tea and Ebony

SG Standard

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - SG Standard
  • NECK: Set-Neck; Glued-in Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK PROFILE: 60s SlimTaper
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Laurel
  • FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • NECK PICKUP: Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO
  • FINISH: Alpine White, Ebony, and Heritage Cherry

If you have a search online, at the time of writing, there are still some 2019 Epiphones available to buy new. For example, this Epiphone Tony Iommi Signature SG with its cross-shaped fingerboard inlays would be cool to own!

Epiphone also produce Kramer guitars, but unfortunately, at the time of writing, there are no left handed Kramer guitars available.

Left Handed Epiphone Acoustic Guitars

Epiphone have quite a large number of acoustic guitars available. In fact for our right handed friends, there are 20 models available, as well as one mandolin and two ukuleles.

For us lefties, there is just one left handed Epiphone acoustic guitar, and it’s 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!

Check it out below:

Texan (USA)

Left Handed Epiphone Guitars - Texan (USA)
  • NECK: Mahogany; with Compound dovetail neck joint
  • TOP: Solid Spruce
  • BACK AND SIDE: Solid Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 20 Legend Frets
  • BRIDGE: Indian Rosewood
  • FINISH: Antique Natural and Vintage Sunburst

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. Of the electric range, we get the most common/popular Epiphone models; two Les Paul Standards 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 Epiphone Casino, as used by lefty Beatle, Paul McCartney.

I remember in recent years, the Epiphone Casino and Epiphone 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 2020 – Marvellous Yet Affordable Guitars

4 thoughts on “Left Handed Epiphone Guitars 2020 – Marvellous Yet Affordable Guitars

  1. Epiphone Explorer….cant find

    Inspired by the rare 1958 classic and powered by Epiphone ProBuckerâ„¢ 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 ProBucker™ humbuckers with CTS electronics, and Grover® tuners.

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