Paying top dollar for clean and original vintage left handed and right handed guitars, especially 1950s and 1960s Fenders, Gibsons, Gretsch, Martin, etc.
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Lefty Vintage Guitars

Welcome to 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: alex57@comcast.net. I love to talk guitars!

Featured Guitar

2012 Santa Cruz Eric Skye 00, 100% Original with OHSC, Mint!

2012 Santa Cruz Eric Skye 00, 100% Original with OHSC, Mint! This is Portland jazz guitarist Eric Skye’s signature 12-fret 00 model, with a short 24.9 scale, slotted peghead, Adirondack top, and some drop dead gorgeous cocobolo back and sides.

Lightly built with scalloped braces and hot hide glue construction, with a slightly deeper body for extra low end. This one is customized with a 1 3/4 nut and an abalone top border. A stunner.

Includes beautiful Ameritage case.

Here is how Santa Cruz describes it:

“Portland based jazz guitarist Eric Skye was named by 20th Century Guitar Magazine as “one of the best rising stars of the American acoustic jazz scene.” This hardworking instrumentalist has gained a loyal following both as a dramatic and expressive live performer and an in-demand acoustic guitar instructor both in Oregon and in the online music community. He has been featured in magazines such as Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Player, Jazziz and Jazz Improv, and his music can be heard on NPR. To match his distinct personality and playing style, Eric and Richard collectively dreamed up a gorgeous Cocobolo OO with an Adirondack top, unique 24.9 inch scale length for ease of playability, slightly deeper body for added bass and volume, hot hide glue with Adirondack Spruce, scalloped bracing and a distinctive ivoroid rosette. This instrument is designed for the excruciatingly accurate and sophisticated techniques of the most demanding jazz fingerstylist.”

Condition: Mint; Top: Adirondack spruce; Back and sides: Cocobolo; Neck: Mahogany, Ebony fretboard; Nut: 1 3/4; Width: 14.375; Depth: 4.06; Scale: 24.9; Binding: Abalone; Rosette: Ivoroid.

$5,500

2015 Kraus OM with Honduran Rosewood, Spectacular, Mint w/ OHSC!

2015 Kraus OM with Honduran Rosewood, Spectacular, Mint with 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!

Dimensions:

• 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

Materials:

• 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!

$3,995

2009 Gibson ES-335, Wine Red, Gold Hardware, Gorgeous Flametop, New/NOS with OHSC

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.

Features:

• 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!

Was $3,495 Now $3,295

1998 Heritage 575, One-Owner, 100% Original with OHSC, Mint!

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

1966 Fender Jazz Bass, Ultra Clean/Investment Grade 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
-OHSC(Left Handed)

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

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