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The 5 Best Left Handed Acoustic Guitars For Beginners

As a left-hander, if you want to learn the guitar, finding the right model may seem tough (pun intended). But there are plenty of great left-handed guitars on which you can hone your skills, whether you’re looking for something simple and straightforward or something that provides both style and substance.

Below is our selection of 5 of the best left-handed acoustic guitars for beginners. Southpaws, we’re looking out for you.

(PS – we weren’t able to source YouTube clips of all left-handed models, but each video will give you a good idea of the guitars in question.)

(PPS – exact model names and prices vary depending on which website you visit. Don’t shoot the messenger!)

1. Ibanez Performance Series PF15 Left Handed Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

Price: £129 (at gak.co.uk)

Main features:

  • Dreadnought body
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Ibanez Advantage bridge pins which enable quick string changes

Ideal for beginners because:

It provides a rich sound and solid construction for a very reasonable price if you’re starting out.

Thanks to its dreadnought body, the Ibanez PF15 provides excellent volume and projection. This suits a wide range of playing styles and gives you greater insight into the notes you’re playing (and where you may need to improve).

As the neck is constructed from mahogany, it delivers a warm, resonant sound. The sapele back and sides, meanwhile, give this guitar a vibrant feel.

Add the chrome die-cast tuners and bridge pins to the mix, and you’ve got a robust, stylish guitar that’s perfect for beginners.

2. Takamine GD30LHNAT Left-Handed Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

Price: $379.99 / approx. £285 (at kraftmusic.com – conversion price correct as of November 2020)

Main features:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany neck, back, and sides
  • Pin-less rosewood bridge
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Beautiful gloss finish

Ideal for beginners because:

This is another guitar that’s perfect for all playing styles. It has a smooth mahogany neck, which is comfortable to move up and down, and therefore perfect for beginners learning new riffs.

Like the Ibanez PF15, the Takamine GD30 also features mahogany back and sides, which helps produce a crisp sound (as you’ll hear in the video above).

What’s more, the split-saddle design of this guitar’s pin-less rosewood bridge provides superior intonation for sweeter-sounding chords and single-note runs.

Not only does it sound great, but the Takamine GD30 looks the part, too. It’s available in natural and black but, in our opinion, you can’t beat a natural finish.

3. Taylor GS Mini Mahogany-L GS Mini Acoustic Guitar

Price: £529 (at pmtonline.co.uk)

Main features:

  • Solid mahogany top
  • Layered sapele back and sides
  • Passive acoustic pickup
  • Chrome die-cast tuners

Ideal for beginners because:

Although this guitar is a little more on the expensive side, you certainly get bang for your buck.

It’s compact and portable, easy to play, and is one of the most aesthetically pleasing acoustic guitars you’re likely to lay eyes on.

Its sapele body contains an extra layer of mahogany, which gives it a warm and exotic appearance and helps the player to create rich, full tones. These tones make the guitar sound bigger than its diminutive appearance would suggest.

Check out the video above to see why the Taylor GS Mini Mahogany is so popular.

4. Fender CD-60S Left Handed Natural

Price: £166 (at Gear4Music.com)

Main features:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Dreadnought body
  • Laminated mahogany back and side panels
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Classic acoustic appearance
  • Includes Fender’s ‘Easy-to-Play’ neck featuring rolled fingerboard edges

Ideal for beginners because:

It’s suitable for guitarists of all ability levels and comes at a very reasonable price.

The guitar’s small, concert-sized body, ‘Easy-to-Play’ neck, and rolled fingerboard edges allow you to move up and down the fretboard and refine your technique with minimal to no discomfort.

If you’re looking for a guitar that’s built to last, this is a great option. The clue is in its name; where the previous Fender CD-60 model featured a laminate top, this model features a solid spruce top, hence the addition of the ‘S’. Having a spruce top means that this guitar will sound better with age the more it’s played. What better reason is there to buy a guitar than this?

5. Washburn Heritage D10S Acoustic Left Handed, Natural

Price: £269

Main features:

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Cathedral peak scalloped bracing
  • Ovangkol fingerboard and bridge
  • Mahogany back, sides, and neck
  • Chrome die-cast tuners

Ideal for beginners because:

The Washburn Heritage D10S is a guitar that’s built to last and it can be used in a variety of settings.

Durability is ensured through its solid Sitka spruce top and Cathedral Peaked Scalloped-X bracing. This helps to create a superior tone that will only improve with age.

This guitar’s chrome die-cast tuners also make it easy to tune, and it’s smooth to play thanks to its thin neck featuring a satin finish.

These features, along with some of the others listed above, make the Washburn Heritage D10S perfect for many playing styles and scenarios. It’s considered the perfect guitar for strumming, playing blues, or bluegrass flat picking. It also works well in group situations and is often used for performing or recording.

Specialist guitar insurance from Insure4Music

Once you’ve chosen your left handed guitar, don’t forget to cover it with specialist guitar insurance from Insure4Music. This insurance is essential whether you want to protect your guitar against theft, loss, or damage, and whether you’re in or out of the home. Find out more about our specialist guitar insurance by clicking the link above or get a quote within minutes here.

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