Paying top dollar for clean and original vintage left handed and right handed guitars,
especially 1950s and 1960s Fenders, Gibsons, Gretsch, Martin, etc.
Lefty Vintage Guitars
Lefty Vintage Guitars
, a site specializing in buying, selling, trading, and consigning high-end lefty guitars. I have been collecting vintage guitars for over 20 years, including Fender and Gibson electrics and acoustics primarily from the 1950s, and 1960s. I also collect high-end modern era lefty guitars, including Gibson Historics and Fender Custom Shop guitars. The rarer, the better!
Please browse the
Sold Gallery and Showcase Instruments to get an idea of the wonderful guitars I have acquired and sold to happy clients!
I have established a broad network of invaluable contacts in the vintage guitar business. Please let me know what you are looking for, and I'll do my best to find it! Also, I am paying the highest prices for clean lefty vintage guitars. Let me know what you have; I'll be happy to work out a deal you will be happy with. I do want to mention that I buy righty guitars on ocassion as well, especially those that can be easily converted to lefty, including Fender Strats and ES-335/345 guitars.
I also have a section showcasing rock concert photographs I have taken over the years, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Bad Company, Peter Frampton, and others. Take a look; maybe they'll bring back some memories!
Please feel free to contact me anytime by phone at: 941-374-7418 or by e-mail at: email@example.com. I love to talk guitars!
2015 Kraus OM with Honduran Rosewood, Spectacular, Mint w/ OHSC!
This is an absolutely stunning OM acoustic in MINT/As New Condition. This has been in my personal collection for a few years. In the words of Bill Kraus, the builder: An OM model in my favorite combination of woods: Red spruce top, Honduran rosewood back and sides, curly Koa bindings. I first heard about Bill Kraus from my good friend, Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music in Buffalo, NY. Scott has been a factory authorized Martin repair center since 1979 and has seen the finest 6 figure pre-war Martins. Scott was raving about Bill Kraus, his knowledge of tonewoods, and the insane quality of his guitars. I also learned that Stan Jay of Mandolin Bros. was equally impressed with Kraus Guitars and had started carrying Bill’s guitars in his store. Every Kraus guitar at Mandolin Bros. has sold!
Here’s how Stan described a Model D Honduran Rosewood that Mandolin Bros. had in their store:
"William Kraus, who uses the logo (in highly stylized abalone) “WK” in which both the W and the K seem to be mating or something, is a maker of extremely fine sounding, beautifully hand-crafted guitars, in the traditional design of the great dreadnoughts of the past. This one, however, exceeds all expectations of excellence and beauty in that it has a Honduran rosewood back, sides and headstock overlay. About Honduran Rosewood, according to the website “globaltrees” (edited): Honduran Rosewood is a valuable timber species. Honduran rosewood – a/k/a Dalbergia stevensonii is known only from Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico. Its valuable rosewood timber is highly sought after for quality products including musical instruments, turnery and carving. Honduran rosewood is reportedly the best wood for marimba and xylophone keys and it has been suggested as an acceptable substitute in guitars for Brazilian rosewood – Dalbergia Nigra -- (international trade in which is now banned under CITES). Because it is a Dalbergia, like Brazilian, it sounds absolutely unbelievable!"
This guitar is simply phenomenol and the build quality, materials, and attention to detail are just mind blowing! I have a collection of vintage Golden Era Gibsons, Fenders, Gretschs, and Martins, so it takes a very special guitar to impress me. The Kraus OM delivers in every way! Just check out the rosette: Paua shell bordered by curly Koa wood inlayed into a red Spruce top-simply amazing! And the curly koa fretboard binding is a sight to behold! The Honduran Rosewood is becoming exceeding hard to find, and will probably go the way of Brazilian Rosewood as a protected wood soon. The Honduran Rosewood used on this guitar took months to source, and it looks spectacular! The guitar itself took 16 months to build, and the wait was well worth it, and well beyond expectations!
• UPPER BOUT: 11 3/8
• WAIST: 9 7/16
• LOWER BOUT: 15 1/4
• BODY LENGTH: 19 1/2
• NECK/BODY JOINT 14
• NUT WIDTH 1 3/4
• SCALE LENGTH 25.34
• Top and Bracing : Red(Adirondack) Spruce
• Back and Sides : Quartersawn Honduran Rosewood
• Neck : Honduran Mahogany
• Fingerboard and Bridge : Ebony
• Bindings and Tail Wedge : Curly Koa
• Rosette : Abalone Shell Bordered by Curly Koa
• Tuners : Gotoh 510's
The Playability of the guitar is outstanding, and has a thin, nicely rounded fast neck. It has a very musical tone, with a particular sweet spot in the upper end. The bluegrass G chord in the 1st position with G/6th string, D/5th strings sounds tremendous on this guitar. Both fingerpicking and strumming are effortless, and jazz chords are well articulated. The volume of the guitar is Loud, and should only increase over time as the top opens up.
The guitar comes with the premium/built- like-a tank acoustic guitar hardshell case from Ameritage. This is a very special left handed acoustic!
2009 Gibson ES-335, Wine Red, Gold Hardware, Gorgeous Flametop, New/NOS with OHSC
This is an NOS(New Old Stock) ES-335 Dot(1959 Reissue) in Wine Red. This 335 was used as a reference color guitar over the years, and has never left the Memphis factory since 2009 until now.
The guitar is Brand New with COA, Warranty Card, and OHSC.
• Gold hardware
• Grover Tuners
• Bonnet knobs
• Stop tailpiece with Tune-O-Matic bridge
• Classic 57 PUPs
• Plastic still on black pickguard
This is the nicest modern-era(1980s–present) ES-335 I’ve had over the years, including dozens of Custom Shop, Historic, and Special Order/Made-to-Measure 335s. The color is a beautiful dark red,
with a fantastic wide flametop on the top, bottom, and sides. I’ve never seen a flametop this nice on a 335 – the highly figured tops are usually reserved for the Historic Les Pauls,
and even then it is a hit or miss situation.
The Wine Red Color, Gold Hardware, and Highly Figured Top are not available in the current 2018 Gibson catalog – you would have to special order those options, and the flametop would
not be as nice as this one. This is a great one!
1958 Gretsch Duo-Jet 6128 with OHSC, Refin, Extremely Rare Lefty!
This is a factory Left Handed 1958 Gretsch 6128 Duo-Jet Serial # 35203. With an estimated 40 to 50 left-handed instruments built up to the late 1970's, the Duo-Jet 6128 is an extremely rare model in factory left-handed, and even more rare when considering it is a lefty Golden Era 1954-1960 single-cut Duo-Jet!
This particular Duo-Jet belonged to a right-handed gentleman who had owned and played it upside down from 1971 to 2008. The Duo-Jet was Gretsch’s answer to the Gibson Les Paul Custom, and the overwhelming majority of these were black, with a sprinkling of Cadillac Green from 1956-1958. In addition, the single-cut Silver Jet 6129 was offered with some custom sparkle colors from 1954-1960. This guitar was refinished in Orange a long time ago, before the second to most previous owner acquired it in 1971.
This Duo-Jet has the typical brown back and neck finish, original tuners, bone nut (which has never been off), ebony fingerboard and original frets, lefty thumbprint inlays, original Pat. Applied For Filter'Tron pickups with original wire harness including switches and capacitors. All solder joints are original. Original bar bridge. The lefty Bigsby tailpiece does not appear to be original to the instrument, and is probably a late 60s Bigsby, as there are screw-holes from another tail-piece on the bottom. The second to most recent owner acquired the guitar with its current tailpiece in 1971, and the only change he made to the Bigsby was in removing the black paint. The guitar was recently sent to Curt Wilson at Old School Guitar Repair(www.oldschoolguitar.net) at the recommendation of Gretsch guru, Edward Ball, where the front of the headstock was refinished to the correct black(previously Orange) and the center portion of the Bigsby was repainted black. Sadly, the previous owner removed and discarded the original lefty pickguard many years ago.
Some areas of the top's lacquer finish have been peeled away from the long-ago removal of a few stickers and black electrical tape (the previous owner admitted to decorating the guitar with the black stripes in a tiger-theme). The guitar plays well, with a good neck angle and decent original frets. The guitar was just set up this past month by the pros at the renowned Guitar Factory in Orlando(http://www.guitarfactory.us/). It now plays great and needs nothing – they do great work! Pickups read 4.12 (neck) and 4.20 (bridge), and pots and switches work well. And, very important to note on vintage Gretsch guitars, there is NO binding rot. Also includes the Original Hard Shell Case.
At the end of the day, this is obviously far from a perfect example, but this is an extremely hard-to-find factory left-handed 1958 Gretsch Duo-Jet, and provides a very rare opportunity for the vintage guitar collector, lefty or righty! I have seen far fewer left handed 50s Gretsch guitars as compared to Fender, Gibson, and even Martin over the years. Lefty 50s Gretsch guitars are insanely rare, especially in the Duo Jet model!
1997 Fender Custom Shop 1952 Blackguard Reissue, with Lollar Charlie Christian Pickups, Beautiful!
As a lefty the chances are pretty good that you’ve not had the opportunity to give a Charlie Christian pickup equipped Telecaster a workout before, so there’s a good chance you don’t know what you’re missing out on.
This is a left handed Fender 1952 Blackguard reissue which was built by Fender’s Custom Shop in 1997, and originally featured a pair of ’52 Tele Custom Shop pickups. Since then the guitar’s neck pickup cavity was cleanly routed for the larger Lollar-built Charlie Christian pickup. The pickguard was replaced at that time, leaving the original pickguard intact and in the case pocket. The pickguard is also manufactured by Jason Lollar. The bridge pickup is a matched Lollar Charlie Christian unit, sized to fit a factory Tele bridge without modification. Judging by the expert workmanship and the presence of three Lollar parts, it looks like the work may have been done by Jason Lollar. Here is a link to the Lollar Charlie Christian Pickups – they sell for $175 each:
Finally, the bridge saddles were replaced with a set of Marc Rutters compensated BrassStraight Comp Saddles for great intonation on straight saddles with vintage looks and tone. All of the guitar’s original parts are included with the instrument, and all are in perfect working order.
The tone of this Tele is very bold and with an edge! It’s fat and creamy, dark, strong, big, and rich, and has a sustain that you’d not likely be accustomed to hear in a Tele. The treble strings in all three switch positions have a bluesy thickness that are perfect for big bends, slide melodies, or multi-string melodies. The low end is bold, forward and fairly dark. Basically, the guitar sounds more like a Duo-Jet crossed with a Les Paul Special(strong P-90 vibe) than a Tele, but plays with all the quickness and speed of a Telecaster with a ’52 neck carve. And, man, it’s fun.
Butterscotch over ash body, gorgeous Birdseye and flamed maple neck with a well rounded barrel and rolled fingerboard edges. Vintage appointments, bone nut, and vintage size frets. Gloss finish that looks new with the exception of a few minor dings here and there.
This is from my favorite period for the Fender Custom Shop – the late 90s - where they used the most beautiful wood that I’ve seen come from the Custom Shop. In fact, the only non-vintage electric I own is a 1999 Fender Custom Shop Strat with similar wood, and I’ve had it a long time! Fender finally came to their senses and realized they need to charge a lot more for the good wood, so now you can only get it through their Masterbuilt Program at a significant premium.
The guitar has very little fretwear, and matches the rest of the guitar in showing only moderate wear throughout. I would call it very clean/Near Mint – truly a beautiful guitar!
Includes original pickups, pickguard, saddles, extra set of aged knobs, extra set of strap knobs, Owner’s Manual, Custom Shop Sticker, Certificate of Authenticity, Fender leather strap, and OHSC.
This is a unique and one-of-a kind Tele for the left handed player. So if you’re into Teles, you absolutely have to check this guitar out!
Was $2,995 Now $2,295
1998 Heritage 575, One-Owner, 100% Original with OHSC, Mint!
1998 Heritage jazz box: 575 Model. This would be similar to a Gibson ES-175.
I can tell you this one has a killer bottom end - you can play walking bass lines with this guitar!
Plays and sounds really great - beautiful guitar! This is a one-owner guitar, 100% original with OHSC, Mint condition!
Similar to a Gibson ES-175 (impossible to find in lefty) at 1/2 the price!
Was $3,495 Now $2,995
2002 Asher Ben Harper Lap Steel, 1st Series, Signed
This is an original Left Handed Asher Ben Harper limited edition Lap Steel from 2002. This is from the 1st Series for this model,
and is incredibly rare in the fact it was the only Left Handed Asher Ben Harper made out of a run of only 70 (serial #064), and is also signed by Ben Harper.
The body is chambered like a Weissenborn. It has a couple of small nicks, one below the signature and 2 on the upper neck, but otherwise it is like new.
This lap steel was co-designed by Bill Asher and Ben Harper. It is a neck-through body in mahogany with a Hawaiian koa top, Asher S1 pickups,
string through body with maple bridge and brass saddle. It is wired with a master volume, 3-way pickup selector switch and master coil tap switch. Include OHSC.
This lap steel has amazing tone!
These are incredible lap steels and rarely become available, especially in a Left Handed version - a true one-of-one example for the discerning Left Handed player/collector!
Was $4,500 Now $3,995
2004 Gibson Historic 1963 ES-335TDC, 100% Original with OHSC, Mint!
2004 Gibson Historic 1963 ES-335TDC, Gibson Special Order Guitar,
looks unplayed/Near Mint Condition, 100% Original with OHSC. This is
a one-owner, uncirculated guitar.
This is a VERY Clean guitar; looks new; hardly any wear at all- I
will call it a 9.9/10 without fear of reproach. Has a well-defined and balanced
tone-in fact, I like the tone a lot better than the 2002 Historic ES-335 I previously
owned. Pickups are Neck/7.98K and Bridge/7.98K. Has the 63 features of
block markers, reflector caps, wire ABR-1. Nickel hardware is nicely aged.
Neck is a comfortable medium profile with .88/1st fret and .95/12th fret.
I just set it up; the guitar needs nothing and is a blast to play. This is a
very rare guitar in a Lefty; I’ve only seen a few Historic 63 ES-335s over
the years, and none this clean. And it has the rare Bigsby as well!
Serial # is
: 2004 Historic 1963 ES-335, 48th unit produced.
Decoding the serial # comes directly from the Gibson web site
Historic ES MODELS (since 1995):
(A or B)-MYRRR
M is the model year being reissued
Y is the production year
RRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of Historic ES production for that year.
Reissue model codes:
3= 1963 ES-335 (block inlays)
9 with an "A" prefix = 1959 ES-335 (dot inlays)
Unfortunately, I don’t have the COA, but do have an e-mail from the original dealer from
where the guitar was purchased(EM Shorts Guitars) and an e-mail from Gibson confirming
the guitar as a Gibson Custom 2004 Historic 1963 ES-335. Gibson is making fewer and
fewer lefties, especially from the Custom Shop, so this is a rare opportunity to get a
premium 335 in nearly new condition!
1966 Fender Jazz Bass, Ultra Clean/Investment Grade Condition!
Here we have a 1966 factory Left Handed Jazz Bass. This is the cleanest left handed vintage Fender bass on the planet!
It has been stored in a closet since 1969 - museum quality piece, 100% untouched, unmolested example!
-Neck Stamp: 7 OCT 65 A
-Pots: 5th week of 1966
-Pearl Dot Neck
-66-Style Paddle Tuners
-Original Chrome Covers
This is a Jazz Bass for the serious vintage Fender collector!
Was $14,995 Now $12,995
Tribute to Jimi-1963/1964 Strat, Vintage Posters, Marshall Amp
Here is a photo tribute to Jimi Hendrix, featuring a lefty 1963/1964 Olympic White Strat,
1st edition Monterey/Fillmore/Woodstock posters, and a 50w Marshall head with a 4x12 cab from 1973.
Hendrix played several white Strats, including the 1966 with rosewood board seen at the 1968 Miami
Pop Festival, and also the 1968 with maple board seen at Woodstock. He also owned a righty 1963 Olympic
White Strat which looks very much like this 1963-1964 Strat, except of course mine is lefty. Actually,
Jimi did own a few left handed Strats. Oh well, all in the spirit of the Hendrixian White Strat theme!
Posters featured are:
1. Flying Eyeball Poster: Feb 1, 1969 BG 105, Original 1st Print-Rick Griffin
2. Jimi Hendrix Experience: FME 007 Fillmore East, May 10 1968, Original 1st Print-David Byrd
3. Masonic Temple/Detroit Feb 23 1968, Commemorative Poster from 1991-Gary Grimshaw
4. Dancing Beetle, Oct 10, 1968 Winterland, BG 140, Original 1st Print-Rick Griffin & Victor Moscoso
5. Woodstock, Aug 15-17 1969, WDS690815 Original 1st Print-Arnold Skolnick
6. Monterey Pop Festival, June 16 1967, Original Silver Foil 1st Print-Tom Wilkes