Left Handed Yamaha Guitars 2020 – How Lucky Are We With Availability?

Left Handed Yamaha Guitars
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Last Updated on October 6, 2020 by Chris

Left Handed Yamaha Guitars

After recently taking a look at left handed ESP and Ibanez guitars, I thought I’d stick with Japanese guitar companies and see what left handed Yamaha guitars are available to us lefties.

Yamaha aren’t just manufacturers of musical instruments; over the years, they have manufactured all kinds of products from golf clubs to motorcycles!

The first time I’d seen a Yamaha guitar was in a book my parents had bought me when I first started playing guitar back in the early ’90s, The Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer. It was a double-page illustration of the Yamaha SG 2000, featured in that book, that made an impression on the thirteen-year-old version of me! It looked fantastic!

Since then, I’ve always fancied owning a Yamaha SG, but no luck so far…

Who Are Yamaha?

Yamaha Revstar Guitars

The Yamaha Corporation are the biggest musical instrument manufacturers in the world!

They produce many different types of instrument, including:

  • Guitars, Basses, and Amplifiers
  • Pianos, Keyboards, and Synthesizers
  • Drums, Drum Machines, and Percussion
  • Violins, Violas and Cellos
  • Brass and Woodwinds

Originally named the Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd. the Yamaha Corporation was founded in 1887, manufacturing pianos and reed organs.

In 1954, Yamaha ran a program of music classes in Japan, forming the Yamaha Music School. Later, in 1966, this became the Yamaha Music Foundation. The program focused on promoting music and music education to the Japanese people at the time.

By 1955, Yamaha built the YA-1 motorcycle, which was so successful, that the Yamaha Motor Company Limited was created and split from the main Yamaha company.

In 1960, the Yamaha International Corporation (now the Yamaha Corporation of America) was established, and after starting to produce electronic organs, sports equipment, wind instruments, recreation, and lifestyle products, by 1966 they started building guitars, basses, and amplifiers.

Yamaha continued to grow their guitar division throughout the decades, building on the success of each year to become world leaders in the musical instruments market.

What Do I Think About Yamaha Guitars?

Yamah SG 1802

As mentioned before, from an early stage in my guitar playing journey, the Yamaha SG 2000 really caught my eye; roundabout 1991. I’d heard they were really great guitars with incredible sustain and the bright orange-colored sunburst of that illustration (not even a photograph!) really stuck in my mind for quite a long time!

Since then, I’d seen that Yamaha had another well-regarded range of guitars, with the Pacifica line, and then later, the cool-looking Revstar line, among others.

I’m a big fan of the Revstar’s aesthetic; they’re really cool looking, and sound pretty cool too!

The Different Types of Yamaha Guitars

Yamaha Pacifica PAC611HFM

Being the biggest musical instrument manufacturer in the world, Yamaha predictably has quite a number of different guitar models available.

When it comes to electric guitars, Yamaha produces five main model types, along with signature models:

  • Revstar – The design of the Revstar range draws inspiration from London and Tokyo’s vintage street-racing motorbikes of the 1960s. There’s no denying that these guitars look something special and have a cool retro feel.
  • SG – Hand-crafted in Japan by Yamaha’s master luthiers, this guitar debuted in 1974 and continues to be one of Yamaha’s most iconic guitars.
  • Pacifica – Designed for versatility, the Pacifica range has a pickup configuration that provides tones suitable for just about any genre.
  • RGX – Designed for the heavier and more aggressive styles of playing, the RGX series features a thinner neck, allowing for extreme playability with a powerful, modern-sounding tone.
  • Hollow Body – The Yamaha Hollow Bodies combine traditional construction with modern electronics to produce instruments of quality and versatility.
Yamaha Acoustic Guitar 12-String and 6-String Headstocks

Yamaha also produce a large selection of acoustic guitars too:

  • L Series – These are Yamaha’s high-end acoustic guitar series, featuring their A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) technology, which basically ages the woods to give them improved tone.
  • A Series – These guitars are designed to be played live, or for studio work. They combine tradition with technology for a versatile acoustic sound.
  • FG / FS Red Label – Inspired by Yamaha’s Red Label guitars of the sixties, the guitars in this range are designed to provide vintage tone and vintage aesthetics.
  • FG / FGX – The FG / FGX series represents Yamaha’s standard line of acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars.
  • F / FX – Aimed at the budget-conscious and beginner players, these affordable acoustic guitars offer developing players Yamaha’s usual quality and tone.
  • APX – This guitar range is built for comfort, featuring a thin cutaway body and an electric guitar style neck.
  • CPX – These guitars combine the pickup systems of the APX series with a larger body, designed for a louder, fuller acoustic sound.
  • TransAcoustic Guitars – If you like chorus and reverb effects, you can now enjoy these sounds directly from the guitar’s sound chamber, without plugging in to any external effects or amplifiers.
  • STORIA – This range is aimed at the modern beginner player, and feature a shorter neck and a smaller body for comfort and ease of use.
  • CSF – One of Yamaha’s travel / mini guitar ranges, the CSF modern parlor guitars are compact guitars designed to provide a full and rich sound, even without a full-size body.
  • APXT – Featuring just one model, this guitar is a 3/4 sized version of the larger, best-selling APX500II.
  • JR – The JR is a 540mm scale length compact guitar modeled on Yamaha’s FG series.

Not bad! So which ones can we buy in left handed configuration?

Left Handed Yamaha Electric Guitars

Seeing as Yamaha are the world’s biggest manufacturers of musical instruments, you wouldn’t be surprised if they had the world’s biggest range of lefty guitars.

Unfortunately, it’s quite the opposite! Yamaha actually have one of the smallest ranges!

At the time of writing there is only one left handed Yamaha electric guitar; the Pacifica 112J model. It is available in two finishes; Yellow Natural Satin and Black.

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Pacifica 112JL

This is Yamaha’s entry-level guitar from the Pacifica range and features in LeftyGuitarist.com’s Top Left Handed Guitars for Beginners. It’s a fantastic beginner’s guitar, well-built, versatile, and is well-suited to the budget-conscious guitar player.

Left Handed Yamaha Pacifica 112J Electric Guitars - Black and Natural Finishes

Specifications:

  • NECK: Bolt-on Maple
  • BODY: Alder
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Medium
  • BRIDGE: Vintage Style tremolo
  • NECK PICKUP: Single Coil (Ceramic)
  • MIDDLE PICKUP: Single Coil (Ceramic)
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Humbucker (Ceramic)
  • FINISH: Yellow Natural Satin or Black

Buy the left handed Pacifica in Yellow Natural Satin NOW! (USA & Europe)
Buy the left handed Pacifica in Black NOW! (USA & Europe)
Buy the left handed Pacifica in Yellow Natural Satin NOW! (Europe)
Buy the left handed Pacifica in Black NOW! (Europe)

Left Handed Yamaha Acoustic Guitars

Yamaha are also a big name in acoustic guitars and have many different models available to our right handed friends. However, there are just two different left handed Yamaha acoustic guitars available to lefty guitarists:

FG820L

Left Handed Yamaha FG820L Acoustic Guitar

FG Series, Made in China

  • NECK: Nato
  • BODY SHAPE: Traditional Western
  • TOP: Solid Spruce
  • BACK: Mahogany
  • SIDE: Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 20
  • BRIDGE: Rosewood
  • PICKGUARD: Tortoise Pattern
  • FINISH: Natural

Buy the Yamaha FG820L NOW! (USA & Europe)
Buy the Yamaha FG820L NOW! (Europe)

APX700IIL

Left Handed Yamaha APX700IIL Acoustic Guitar

APX Series, Made in China

  • NECK: Nato
  • BODY SHAPE: APX Shape
  • TOP: Solid Spruce
  • BACK: Nato or Okume
  • SIDE: Nato or Okume
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 23
  • BRIDGE: Rosewood
  • PICKGUARD: None
  • FINISH: Natural

Buy the APX700IIL NOW! (USA & Europe)

Final Thoughts

Yamaha Revstars

Just because you’re the biggest musical instrument manufacturer, doesn’t necessarily mean you offer the most to your customers. Especially if your customers are left handed guitarists!

With just one electric, and two acoustic lefty guitars on offer, we really have drawn the short straw when it comes to left handed Yamaha guitars!

Historically, Yamaha have offered other lefty models to those that are available today, such as SG and RGX models, among others, but you’d have to check the used markets to find any.

Yamaha also produce bass guitars and silent guitars, but at the time of writing, none are made in a lefty configuration.

Unfortunately, there is a distinct lack of choice from Yamaha these days. Not a Revstar in sight! Let’s hope the future will bring us a bit more choice when it comes to left handed Yamaha guitars. We can only hope…

What do you think of Yamaha guitars? Do you own any left handed Yamaha guitars? Comment below!

Image credits: yamaha.com

Left Handed Yamaha Guitars 2020 – How Lucky Are We With Availability?

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